Pictured above: President John F. Kennedy addressing AFS students at the White House Rose Garden, 1961.
Photograph by Abbie Rowe – Courtesy of the National Park Service.


Welcome to our globally-aware, multi-generational extended community of program alumni—this includes students who studied abroad (and sometimes refer to themselves as AFS Returnees), former host family members and families who sent their sons or daughters abroad, people who once volunteered for AFS, and others whose lives have been touched by AFS. Whether you studied abroad or not—you are a member of our AFS alumni community, and this is YOUR international network!

We need you to stay engaged with AFS because the further our reach, the more global citizens we can engage and the more our mission helps to change the world. The world needs globally-aware and competent individuals who can break down the rising barriers between peoples and cultures. AFS Alumni of all kinds living throughout communities in the U.S. play a crucial and active role in sharing with others to expand our reach.


Check out the latest edition of the Alumni Newsletter!

Spring 2024


Our alumni are champions of global competence and agents of change. Many have chosen careers in education, international affairs, science and technology, medicine, media, and business and work to make the world more peaceful, sustainable, and interconnected. When our participants become alumni, they can continue to rely on AFS and fellow AFSers to further develop their global skills.

Join our regional networking events and connect in person with like-minded professionals and alumni. Look out for email and in-print invitations and explore the Events section of our Alumni Newsletter.

Richard Engel
Returnee, U.S. to Italy, 1990-91
AFS-USA President’s Council Member
NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent

Whitney Donhauser
Returnee, U.S. to Germany, 1984-85
Director and President,
Museum of the City of New York

More Ways to Stay Engaged

Donate to AFS

When you donate to AFS you become part of a global community of supporters of AFS in its work to connect lives and share cultures.



Alumni Relations
120 Wall Street, Suite 1600
New York, NY 10005

Looking to reconnect with a former host family, student, or someone you met through AFS? Please join our Returnee Reconnect on Facebook. Other inquiries can be directed to [email protected].