Photo: An AFS Host Family from Iowa welcomes their newest family member—AFS/YES Exchange Student, Branis, from Kenya (center left)—to the U.S.

Give Now. Create a Better World.

Hometown Diplomacy is the process through which individuals create lasting, positive relationships with citizens of other countries through sharing something close to their heart: the place they call home.

It's through this immersive exchange—this sharing of a place called “home”—that students and host families alike learn about the real America. The real Indonesia. The real Germany. This is how foreign becomes family, and it's the impact YOU achieve when you support the Fund for AFS-USA.


Seeing the World Differently

AFS programs help people see the world through a different, more authentic, and more positive lens. Take a look at the perspectives gained by exchange students, host families, and volunteers through participating in AFS programs.

Our Hometown Impact

AFS-USA's donors, volunteers, host families, and exchange students are present in more than 18,800 U.S. zip codes. Draw a line around them, and what takes shape is a nation of AFSers, all helping to bring people and cultures together.

AFS-USA is a grassroots movement with a big footprint: 18,800 hometowns with open doors, open minds, and open hearts.

Each dot represents a zip code that is home to AFSers.

About the Fund for AFS-USA

The Fund for AFS-USA supports the vital operations that keep the AFS Mission vibrant and growing throughout the U.S. Donations to the Fund directly support: scholarships that help more students access the life-changing benefits of studying abroad; intercultural learning resources for U.S. classrooms; events and outreach to benefit AFS Alumni; and training and opportunites for 4,000+ AFS-USA Volunteers.

Learn more about our work in these areas below, or click here to support the Fund for AFS-USA.