Fundraising Ideas

Silent Auction

If you have retail connections… Host a silent auction using donated items as a stand alone event or in conjunction with another fundraiser.Invite your friends, family, and members of the…

Fundraising Ideas

Corporate Sponsorships

If you are a go-getter and like talking to new people… Brainstorm (with your parents) a list of local businesses you could ask to sponsor you. Be prepared to explain…

Fundraising Ideas

Sponsorship Letter

If you know a lot of people that live far away… Write a letter introducing yourself, why you are fundraising, your motivations to study abroad and details about AFS. There…

Piggy Bank Resting on Laptop Computer Keyboard.
Fundraising Ideas

Mass Email Campaign

If you have oodles of contacts in your address book… Using email is a great way to get the word out, however, it’s not enough to send out one email…

French restaurant
Fundraising Ideas

Food For Funds

If you have friends and family that like to eat at restaurants… Visit a few restaurants, coffee shops and bakeries in your town and speak with a manager about whether…

Airline tickets and documents, closeup
Fundraising Ideas

Airplane Ticket Giveaway

If you know someone with lots of reward miles… Ask a family member or a family friend who travels a lot to donate his/her frequent flyer miles for a domestic/international…

online newsletter sign on blackboard
Fundraising Ideas

Email Newsletter

If you laugh in the face of deadlines… Sell subscriptions to a personal newsletter about your experience while you are on program. Determine how often you can write the newsletter…

Auction paddle or voting card in hand
Fundraising Ideas

Art Auction

If you are tight with some artists… Ask your artist friends or local artists in your community to help you create art. You could also create the art yourself. You…

accessories for needlework
Fundraising Ideas

Etsy Shop

If you have an entrepreneurial spirit… Etsy.com is similar to eBay, but for individual people selling their own art, crafts, jewelry, or vintage items. You can sign up for an account…

Knitting yarn balls and needles in basket
Fundraising Ideas

Skeins of Yarn

If you know how to knit or crochet… Create knitted or crocheted items, such as scarves, bags, socks, or hats to sell as a fundraiser. Ask your friends and fellow…

Guitar and drums on stage
Fundraising Ideas

I’m With the Band

If you know a good band or singer… Ask the band or singer to perform at your fundraising event. Find a location, start preparing and advertising a couple months ahead…

Art workshop
Fundraising Ideas

Art Fundraiser

If you have an eye for design… Many stores (i.e. Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, etc.) offer photo services where you can use your own photos to create personalized coffee mugs,…

Lesson Plans

Chain of Diversity

Goal: Participants will discover and recognize the many ways in which they are similar and are different from others in the group, as well as the ways in which each…

Ramadan Facts
Resources YES Host Families

Ramadan Facts

What is Ramadan? The Muslim fast of Ramadan (rahm-ah-dahn) falls in the ninth month on the Islamic lunar calendar and is the month during which Muslims observe fasting (sawm in…

100 Volunteer Hours
Resources YES Host Families

100 Volunteer Hours

One important characteristic of the exchange programs sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, is an emphasize on volunteerism. The spirit of volunteerism has always been the main highlight of…

Tracking claims with GMMI

Tracking claims with GMMI

Balance Billing The claims administrator, GMMI, negotiates with medical providers to reduce their costs even after they have provided the medical service. Medical providers often agree to forgo part of…


Greater Los Angeles Area Team Scholarship

The Greater Los Angeles Area Team Scholarship is made possible by the generosity of volunteers, individual donors, and foundations in the Los Angeles area. Scholarship Type: Need-based Scholarship Value: Ranges from partial…



Full, merit-based scholarship program of the U.S. Department of State to serve as a “youth ambassador” for an academic year home-stay program in Germany.



Full, merit-based scholarship program of the U.S. Department of State to study critical languages in an overseas immersion environment.



$500 toward any year, semester or 4-8 week study abroad program for NSHSS members.


YES Abroad

Full, merit-based scholarship program of the U.S. Department of State to promote mutual understanding between people of the United States and people of countries of strategic importance.


Thailand Summer Visa FAQ

STEP 1: What type of visa do I need? You will be applying for a Non-Immigrant Visa category ED before your departure. For year and semester programs, AFS-Thailand will assist…


Sweden Semester and Year Visa FAQ

What type of visa do I need? You will be applying for a Student Residence Permit. How do I apply for the Residence Permit? Students under the age of 18 should…