Volunteer

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    My AFS Experience: Hosting, Studying Abroad, and Volunteering

    My name is Tori and I’m a current AFS Volunteer, Returnee from Japan (2010), and past host sister. I’m here to share my experience with AFS for anyone who’s curious…
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    Women Volunteers and Suffragettes in WWI

    The early twentieth century brought forth opportunities for women beyond the home front: work, education, social reform, and political engagement. While many conservative Americans fought against this change in gender roles and believed women needed to be home, World War I served as a catalyst for volunteerism and ultimately, women’s suffrage.
  3. One year later: Local Projects from AFS-USA’s LIFT Workshop

    How does AFS-USA, a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization with more than 70 years of experience, continue to improve the ways that it engages with local communities? At one level, the organization…

Educators

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    Jill Woerner Appointed to ACTFL’s America’s Language Fellows Working Group

    In September, AFS-USA's Director of Educational Outreach, Jill Woerner, was invited to serve as one of America’s Language Fellows because of her unique experiences both with ACTFL’s Professional Learning Committee and other initiatives.
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    Cultural Webinars for Educators

    As part of showing our gratitude to educators and all of their hard work during Teacher Appreciation Week, AFS-USA coordinated with our partners in other countries to bring a series…
  3. COVID-19 Resources for Parents

    As learning moves from the classroom to the living room AFS-USA is ready to support families in their at-home learning environments. Below you will find resources to help students of…

Alumni

  1. Alumni Newsletter: Fall 2020

    Dear AFS-USA Community, While we are all immersed in challenges these days, we’ve also come to value the stability of a singular mission and values that inspire all that we…
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    Your Identity Will Be Valued: My Time In Germany by Tony Valencia, AFS and CBYX Alum

    “Only through dialogue and communication can differences be understood and appreciated.” – AFS and CBYX Alum, Tony Valencia ’18- ’19. In this blog post for Pride Month, Tony delves into…
  3. Alumni Newsletter: Special Edition | Spring 2020

    AFS was founded in response to a global crisis in 1947 by American Field Service Volunteer Ambulance Drivers. In times like these, AFS Alumni around the world have demonstrated that it’s…

Impact Stories

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    AFS-USA Resources to Celebrate Black History Month Year-Round

    This is a collection of materials and resources gathered by AFS-USA staff in celebration of Black History Month. While Black History Month is celebrated in February in the US, these…
  2. IN MEMORIAM: Richard M. Hunt, AFS Volunteer, Historian, and Philanthropist

    AFS is saddened to announce the passing of AFS World War II volunteer and Life Trustee Richard (Rick) M. Hunt, who died on April 10, 2020.   Hunt was a student…
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    AFS in Action: Anti-Racism Resources for the AFS Community

    “At a time when the world is overcome by pandemics both viral and societal, AFS’s guiding principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility are more urgent than ever.” – Hannah Greene, AFS-USA Returnee…

Local Stories

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    Meet Our Newest Volunteer

    The California Central Coast Area Team of AFS Intercultural Programs is pleased to announce that Justine Tuncan, a Valencia High School junior, has become the team’s newest registered volunteer. As…
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    Volunteer Recognized for Leadership, Long-Term Service

    The local California Central Coast Area Team of AFS Intercultural Programs is pleased to announce that Thousand Oaks, Calif., volunteer Jennifer Lasley has been selected by the national AFS-USA Volunteer…
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    Exchange Student Participates in 
Washington, D.C. Workshop

    The California Central Coast Area Team of AFS Intercultural Programs is pleased to share that Valencia High School junior and AFS exchange student from South Africa Michelle Hadebe participated in…

LGBTQ + Pride

  1. Tony Valencia with Host Mom and Siblings

    Your Identity Will Be Valued: My Time In Germany by Tony Valencia, AFS and CBYX Alum

    “Only through dialogue and communication can differences be understood and appreciated.” – AFS and CBYX Alum, Tony Valencia ’18- ’19. In this blog post for Pride Month, Tony delves into…
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    Embracing a Spanish Summer: A Reflection by AFS-USA Pride Scholar Ryan Rodriguez

    Ryan Rodriguez is an AFS-USA Pride Scholar who traveled to Spain on our Global Prep program. In his personal essay, Ryan reflects on his experience abroad with his host family,…
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    Hosting with Pride: An Interview with Six-Time AFS Host Parent and Volunteer, Jerry Gulley

    Jerry Gulley grew up in a small town in rural Tennessee. In high school, his best friend’s family decided to host an exchange student, Lisi from Austria in 1985. While…