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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,…

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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…

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Scholarships

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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.

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Scholarships

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

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Blog, Study Abroad Articles

4 Wonders of Argentina

With Latin American and European influences, Argentina is a multifaceted country with so much to offer. There’s the romantic tango, the passion of fútbol culture, and the delicious beef prepared during an asado,…

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Area Team Articles, Blog

Sky Camp!

Fun times at Pacific Cascades’s post-arrival orientation, Sky Camp! Mixing up deep discussions with a good dose of fun. Parents and siblings coming together with volunteers to support the student…

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Area Team Articles, Blog

Redwoods Meet-Up

A group of students from AFS Pacific Cascades met together late September in California for a visit to the Redwoods.  The Douglas County local chapter sponsored a camping trip with…

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Blog

Fall Festival Meet-Up

Denmark, France, Brazil, Switzerland, Dominican Republic, Chile and Germany represented AFS at the Fall Festival meet-up!

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Blog

Second Arrivals

A few family photos of the first meeting between students and families at September arrivals.

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Volunteer Articles

Spotlight On: Danielle Tye

Meet Danielle Tye…This is her 11th year volunteering with AFS! When people ask what her hobbies are, she always says “AFS.” Whether serving on the National Council, planning the National…

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Volunteer Articles

Spotlight On: Paula McElroy

Meet Paula McElroy, of Silverwood Michigan. She’s a high school teacher, history buff, wife and parent who has made cultural exchange an essential part of her daily life. Since 2002,…

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Volunteer Articles

Spotlight On: Bob Rushing

Meet Bob Rushing of Silverspring, Maryland. He’s a long-time AFSer who has worn numerous hats in the organization, from host brother to host dad to volunteer. Here is his AFS…

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Volunteer Articles

Spotlight On: Ann Sweet

Meet Ann Sweet of Williamsville, New York.  Her energy for AFS is limitless.  She has hosted 16 AFS students, been a Support and Event Coordinator and sits on the Volunteer…

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Volunteer Articles

Spotlight On: Rio Orticio

Rio Orticio knows first-hand what it is like to come to a different country to study. Because of his experiences as an international student, Rio is dedicated to ensuring that…

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Volunteer Articles

Spotlight On: Rio Orticio

Rio Orticio knows first-hand what it is like to come to a different country to study. Because of his experiences as an international student, Rio is dedicated to ensuring that…

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Blog

The Top AFS Welcome Signs!

Students from all over the world are arriving to the U.S. to meet their AFS Host Families. Over the years, host families have made such creative, sweet, and thoughtful signs…