Northwest Central

Welcome to the AFS Northwest Central Team!

Thank you for visiting the AFS Northwest Central Team website.
Our volunteer team is dedicated to providing the best possible intercultural experience for host families and exchange students coming to the Northwest Central area. Support is also provided for students from our area who are sent abroad. If you would like to get involved, please contact us to become a part of this rewarding experience.

Welcome to the
Northwest Central Family,

 AFS is more than education. The heart of what we do is to provide an avenue for students to experience new ways of life, to open the door to a new member of your family, and allow them to bring their culture into your home. This is at the heart of our mission to continue spreading global peace and intercultural learning. Our mission stems back over 65 years ago with our founder in World War II. Working as a medic, Stephen Galatti pledged to provide equal treatment to all who needed it, regardless of nationality.

            Being apart of the AFS Northwest Central Team family has not only broadened my horizons, but has also enhanced my life in more ways than I thought possible. Through hosting students, my family and I have been able to travel around the world more than we have in our own country. Through hosting a student, my family has been able to experience culture and diversity. By the time the semester has ended, the student has become apart of my family.  Now I can say that we have extended family around the whole world. 

I am proud to say that I am apart of the AFS Northwest Central Team family. Through our hard work, we have been able to turn this into an experience that long outlasts just a semester abroad. My wish is for everyone to be able to join our family and experience the intercultural adventure whether it is through volunteering, sending your student abroad, or hosting a student at your home.


            Becky Showman
            Northwest Central Team Hosting Coordinator