Campaign for Cultural Understanding

It's not just another cause, it's the

AFS-USA's Campaign for Cultural Understanding builds bridges of understanding in communities across the U.S. and worldwide by supporting: scholarships for U.S. students in need; global learning curriculum for U.S. classrooms; resources for AFS-USA Volunteers; and mentoring and training for AFS Alumni nationwide.

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AFS Effect Giving:

How It Works

  • 1

    Browse the Video Clips below.
    Which one inspires you? Which do you relate to most?
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    Use the form attached to each clip to donate in honor of your favorite(s).
    Imagine—your gift will have an exponential impact in 2017 and beyond. That’s the AFS Effect!
  • 3

    Share your favorite clip and ask others to give.
    How many people can you inspire to create their own AFS Effect?
The First Great Adventure of My Life
The Act of Listening
A World of Individuals
To Europe By Boat
Dreaming in Italian
Getting the Whole Story
AFS Gets It Right
Learning to Say Yes
Leaning Into Diversity
The Heart of AFS Volunteers
Rising to a Challenge
16 Year-Old Ambassador

Campaign Advocates

Person Name

John Berendt, NYT Best-Selling Author
AFS Returnee—U.S. to Italy, 1956

Person Name

Jim Himes, U.S. Congressman (D-CT)
AFS Returnee—U.S. to Jordan, 1986

Person Name

Rebecca Messner, Filmmaker
AFS Returnee—U.S. to Italy, 2002-03
AFS Group Leader—U.S. to Ghana, 2008

What is The AFS Effect?

AFS Effect n. 1. the impact that an AFS experience has on an individual, and the subsequent impact that individual has on the world as a more globally aware citizen. 2. a phenomenon of incremental and exponential impact, fueled by cultural understanding and global citizenship. 3. an essential component of building a more just and peaceful world.

Watch: NBC News' chief foreign correspondent, Richard Engel, reveals his AFS Effect.