For 75 extraordinary years, AFS has embraced cultural understanding—celebrating differences and seeking the common ground that connects people from across the globe. AFS creates pathways to different kinds of learning that go beyond the classroom walls and prepare students to become true changemakers and champions of good in the world. During our rich history, AFS-USA has empowered students to see their place in the world and unlocked their potential as leaders, innovators, and problem-solvers.

There is no doubt that these are turbulent times, but the world our founders envisioned is not only possible…it’s made a reality by people like you. Your gift will make a tremendous difference in transforming families, communities, institutions, and especially the lives of young people in the U.S. and abroad.


To celebrate the 75th Anniversary of AFS, Jenny K. Messner, Returnee, US to Brazil, 1970, and her family established the Messner Family Matching Gift Challenge. Thanks to their generosity, every gift to AFS-USA received in September will be matched dollar for dollar … up to $250,000. Make your contribution today!