work gloves and rake
Fundraising Ideas

Yard Work

If you like fresh-cut grass and a little dirt under your nails… After getting permission from your parents, go door-to-door in your neighborhood and offer to wash windows or cars,…

Guest Chef
Fundraising Ideas

Guest Chef

If you don’t need a sous chef to make a meal… Offer your cooking skills to families that might find they don’t have enough time to cook a meal at…

ricetta del giorno – ricettario aperto con ingredienti e uternsi
Fundraising Ideas

Create a Cookbook

If you are well organized… Ask you friends, family, classmates, teachers, etc. to submit their favorite recipes to you for inclusion in your cookbook. Spend some time thinking about how…

Kitchen utensils on wooden background.
Fundraising Ideas

Master of the Kitchen

If you can channel your inner Gordon Ramsay… Make a list of the items you are able to make. You could sell cookies, pies, cakes and brownies, or go bigger…

Baking ingredients
Fundraising Ideas

Cooking for Cash

If you are a party planner… Organize a school-, church- or community-wide spaghetti dinner, ice cream social, salad bar, omelet or pancake breakfast, etc. When setting the price of each…

Question Panels
Fundraising Ideas

Approach Charitable Organizations

If you are good at making connections… Charitable organizations are usually comprised of business owners and well-connected people in your community. Charitable organizations will most likely be able to either…

Counting The Pennies
Fundraising Ideas

Local AFS Fundraising

If you are a people person… Ask your local AFS area team volunteers about raising funds collectively. With the assistance of the volunteers, organize event(s) with other local AFS students…

Wooden colour toy. Sorter
Fundraising Ideas

Parents Night Out

If you enjoy babysitting… Offer one night (several nights) or a full Saturday / Sunday for parents to let you watch their kids. This fundraiser works at any time during…

Picnic basket
Fundraising Ideas

Care Package Campaign

If you are creative, crafty, and caring… Compile a list of care package themes and the desired contents for each package to sell to people who want a gift for…

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… 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.


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…