Craig Wilson
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Craig Wilson

Craig Wilson U.S. to United Kingdom, 1966 Craig Wilson was a journalist for more than 40 years, spending 30 years in the newsroom at USA Today. He was a feature…

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Julia E. Vollmers

Julia E. Vollmers Returnee – U.S. to France, 1997-98 Julia E. Vollmers is a Program Manager with the Federal Government in Washington, DC, with a primary focus in data and…

Patrick S. Moon
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Patrick S. Moon

Patrick S. Moon U.S. Ambassador (ret.); Returnee – U.S. to Brazil, 1967 Patrick S. Moon is a retired Senior Foreign Service Officer with the State Department.  He served in Lebanon,…

William R. MacIntosh
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William R. MacIntosh

William R. MacIntosh Returnee – U.S. to Brazil, 1964-1965 Bill MacIntosh retired in 2011 after 40+ years in uniform and business suits. Following his service as a U.S. Army Military…

William G. Meserve
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William G. Meserve

William G. Meserve U.S. to Greece 1957; Young Leaders to Soviet Union 1984 Bill Meserve is a former Director and Board Chair of AFS-USA and former Trustee and Board Chair…

H. Jed Hepworth
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H. Jed Hepworth

H. Jed Hepworth U.S. to Chile 1968 During six years as Director and especially as Chair of the AFS-USA Board of Directors during the chaotic first months of the COVID-19…

James A. Kiernan III
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James A. Kiernan III

James A. Kiernan III U.S. to Germany, 1961 James Kiernan, is chairman of the Board of Directors at the Center for Public Integrity, is a former partner with and is…

Connie Askin
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Connie Askin

Connie Askin Chief Executive Officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters Central Mass and MetroWest Returnee – U.S. to Portugal 1985; Chief Financial Officer, AFS International 2002-2004; Host Mom Argentina 2012,…

Dr. Ken Wallace
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Dr. Ken Wallace

Dr. Ken Wallace High School District Superintendent, Park Ridge, Illinois Ken Wallace is the longest serving Superintendent in the District’s 121 years of history at Maine Township High School District…

Karen Treber
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Karen Treber

Karen Treber General Counsel of Salisbury University, Maryland. AFS Host Family and Volunteer Karen Treber is the General Counsel of Salisbury University, Maryland. She previously served as General Counsel at…

Dr. Gregory Sabin
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Dr. Gregory Sabin

Dr. Gregory Sabin Preceptor at Harvard Extension School, Harvard University Greg Sabin is a Preceptor (Instructor) at the Harvard Extension School, Harvard University, where he has taught finance and accounting…

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Tara Hayward

Tara Hayward Consultant, Public Health Research and Development Tara Hayward brings a diverse and robust background in business strategy, finance, and fundraising to the Board of Directors of AFS-USA having…

Kelly McFarland Stratman, CAE
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Kelly McFarland Stratman, CAE

Kelly McFarland Stratman, CAE Chief of Staff of the League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS) AFS Alumna: U.S. to Denmark, 1985 Kelly McFarland Stratman is an ASAE-certified…

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Dr. Marcus Campbell

Dr. Marcus Campbell Superintendent, Evanston Township High School Dr. Marcus Campbell has served as superintendent of Evanston Township High School (ETHS) in Illinois, District 202 since July 2022. Campbell was…

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Murray Johnson

Murray Johnson Owner and Manager of a large manufacturing company in Wisconsin and a cattle and crop family farm in Ohio. AFS Volunteer, Host Family, Sending Parent – U.S. to…

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Madelyn White

Madelyn White Counsel: Carter Ledyard & Milburn AFS Returnee – U.S. to Belgium; U.S. to France AFS Host Sibling Madelyn White is deeply connected to AFS as a two-time returnee.…

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Andrea Sehl

Andrea Sehl U.S. to Switzerland, 1971-72 Andrea Sehl, known as Andie, is retired from management consulting, currently working to build the venture capital firm she helped found, and is serving…

Michael S. Schiff
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Michael S. Schiff

Michael S. Schiff U.S. to Netherlands, 1966 Michael S. Schiff is the owner and President of Incomar Investments in Houston, Texas.  He earned his BA in Communications from American University…

Jenny K. Messner
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Jenny K. Messner

Jenny K. Messner U.S. to Brazil, 1970-71 With her husband Michael Messner, Jenny established the Speedwell Foundation Study Abroad Scholarship Program with AFS-USA in 2007, which ran for 12 years.…

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Martyn Redgrave

Martyn Redgrave Martyn R. Redgrave currently serves as Managing Partner and CEO of Agate Creek Partners, LLC, a professional governance and consulting services company co-founded by Mr. Redgrave in July…

Life in Serbia
Culture Trek

Life in Serbia

The Essentials AFS Serbia Welcome Booklet Get to Know Serbia AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Safety Tips Host School FAQ Serbian Music School Arrival Information Visa FAQ Digging Deeper…

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New Sponsored Programs Coordinator

The California Central Coast Area Team of AFS Intercultural Programs announces that Santa Clarita, Calif., resident Tracy O’Garro has accepted the volunteer position of Sponsored Programs Cluster Coordinator. In this…

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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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Global Choice

Whanganui High School

Whanganui High School is a modern, co-educational school of approximately 1,500 students and over 160 staff. Their International Department has about 65 international students, which make up five percent of…

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Global Choice

Western Heights High School

Western Heights is a state, coeducational school with a student body of 1,550. It is Rotorua’s most popular and largest high school, offering excellent pastoral care and student safety. Academically,…

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Global Choice

Whakatane High School

Unfortunately, enrollment for this school is FULL for the 2020 school year. Check out other New Zealand Global Choice schools that are still accepting new students for 2020. Whakatane High…

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Global Choice

Hillmorton High School

Hillmorton High School is a coeducational school with approximately 750 students, including 20 to 25 international students. With a diverse student body, students come from over 40 ethnic backgrounds contributing…

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Papanui High School

Papanui High School is a coeducational, uniform school located in suburban Christchurch, which is ten minutes from both the city center and the airport. It has the benefit of being…

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Global Choice

Te Puke High School

Te Puke High School is a semi-rural, uniform, coeducational secondary school located in the township of Te Puke, approximately 10 minutes from the coast. Te Puke High School has a…

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Global Choice

Aotea College

Aotea College is a multicultural, co-educational school of 930 students, located in the beautiful Porirua Basin. The college has a long-standing tradition of welcoming international students and offering them an…

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Rangitoto College

Rangitoto College is renowned nationally and internationally for offering students a kind environment in which they can develop academically and personally. With 40 different kinds of sports to choose from…

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New Zealand Travel Tips

New Zealand is a wonderland of incredibly beautiful, diverse ecosystems and geography. It’s an otherworldly, exciting destination that’s home to turquoise waters and sandy beaches, lush forests and gorges, glaciers…

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Global Choice

Western Springs College

Western Springs College is a co-educational, uniform school located in central Auckland. Western Springs is known for the friendliness of its students, high quality of its education, as well as…

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Celebrate Cultural Diversity this 4th of July

The 4th of July conjures classically American images: baseball, fireworks, hotdogs, Bruce Springsteen. It’s the day we celebrate the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation and…

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Walk Apart, Walk Together

This activity is appropriate for a wide variety of ages, ranging from elementary school to adult. Since it requires no special materials, it can be conducted in almost any setting.…

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Non-Verbal Communication

Overview: This lesson plan is designed for students to consider the many ways in which people communicate non-verbally, identify their own preferences, and begin to think about the importance of…

Active Listening
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Active Listening

Active Listening Lesson Plan Overview: Effective communication requires an understanding that not everyone prefers to communicate in the same way. It also requires a person to be an active observer/listener.…

Learning Styles
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Learning Styles

Overview: Use this lesson plan to gauge student learning preferences in the classroom, and help students become more aware of the strengths and challenges of each style. Activity (Methodology): Self-Inventory…

Understanding-Your-Identity
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Identity Flower

Overview: In this lesson students will be prompted to think deeply about the various elements of their individual identity. Using the identity flower model as a guide, students will explore…

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The Effects of Nuclear Weapons

Overview: The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki changed the course of history and have had a significant long term effects on the victims. Students will get the opportunity to…

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Taking Action for the Environment

Overview: The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) declared June 5 as World Environmental Day in order to create awareness on issues surrounding the planet, encouraging citizens to take global action. The purpose…

Exploring-Refugees
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The Potato Activity

Goal: To help youth eliminate stereotypes and to recognize the uniqueness of each individual Time: 20-30 minutes Materials: A brown paper bag, one potato for each student in the class,…

Where do you Stand
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Where do you Stand

Overview: People’s values, norms and assumptions can often influence and explain their behaviors. This activity offers the opportunity to self-reflect on one’s own values and how these are reflected in…

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Conflict Styles

Overview: Use this lesson plan to gauge students’ preferred conflict styles (based on the Thomas-Kilman Model) and open a discussion around how this knowledge might be used to help navigate…

I Am…
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I Am…

Overview: Use this lesson plan to gauge students’ individual tendencies and prompt rich discussion on how cultural tendencies in societies are reflected in the ways that people describe themselves. Activity…

Microfinance
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Microfinance: A Poverty-Fighting Tool

Overview: In September 2000 society’s attention was drawn to certain social and economic issues impacting us on a global scale through the development of the United Nations’ Millennium Goals (MDG).…

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I have a dream

Overview: Dr. Martin Luther King is known to many as one of the most influential leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. His passion and enthusiasm for social justice and equality…

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Stereotypes and Generalizations

Overview: Use this lesson plan to help students distinguish the difference between stereotypes and generalizations, explore stereotypes that they may hold about others, and practice how converting stereotypes into generalizations…

Exploring-Refugees
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Exploring Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Overview: The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees defines a refugee as person who “owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality,…

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Examining Humanitarianism

Overview: The United Nations declared August 19 as World Humanitarian Day, as a way to commemorate the 2003 bombing of the U.N in Baghdad, Iraq, as well as a way to…

Education-for-All
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Education for All #BringBackOurGirls

Overview: Several countries have banded together in order to promote gender equality in education with the goal of eradicating gender disparity in the classroom. Even still, there are several social,…

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Exploring Cultural Values

Goal: Exploring what students consider to be typical U.S. cultural values while comparing them to their perceptions. Objectives: Students will be able to: Become aware of what are considered typical…

Observations-VS-Judgements
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Cultural Influence on Judgments

Overview: Use this lesson to help students become more aware of their own culture and recognize its influence on their thoughts, behaviors, and how they view the world. Activity (Methodology):…

Understanding-Your-Identity
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Connect the Dots

Overview: In this lesson students will explore the notion of how people often subconsciously limit their perspective. By engaging in a short puzzle task students will be challenged to think…

Keith Stock
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Keith Stock

Chair Keith Stock U.S. to Panama, 1969 Keith Stock is an international strategist and private markets investment manager in his roles as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of First Financial…

Co-Chair John T. Colas
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Co-Chair John T. Colas

Co-Chair John T. Colas U.S. to Belgium, 1979-80 John T. Colas serves as Partner and Vice Chairman of Oliver Wyman Financial Services Americas. He has worked in each of the…

Richard Engel
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Richard Engel

Richard Engel U.S. to Italy, 1990-91 Richard Engel serves as NBC News’s chief foreign correspondent. He previously served as the network’s Middle East correspondent and Beirut Bureau chief. Engel was…

Carson Gleberman
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Carson Gleberman

Carson Gleberman U.S. to Switzerland, 1976 Carson Gleberman has worked for McKinsey & Company, Citibank and The Viral Hepatitis & Liver Disease Foundation, and most recently served as the Executive…

Christine Plews
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Christine Plews

Christine Plews AFS Returnee, U.S. to Ecuador, SP 1969 Host Sibling, 1974-75 One World Area Team Volunteer, 2008-2010 AFS Host Family Teachers Exchange Program, 1984 Siri Saisang Thailand Hosting of…

Wim Wiewel
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Wim Wiewel

President, Lewis & Clark College Returnee – Netherlands to the U.S., 1968-69; Volunteer Wim Wiewel, who came from the Netherlands to the U.S. as an AFS student in 1968, is…