Host Parent; Sending Parent; Volunteer

Peter Westort recently retired from a career as an accounting and tax professor at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. His past experience included teaching positions at the University of Maine Augusta, the University of Southern Maine, Clarkson University, and the University of Massachusetts Boston. During the 2011-2012 academic year, he served as a Fulbright Scholar at Alexandria University in Egypt. Peter earned his Bachelor’s Degree at St Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, MBA from the University of Southern Maine, CPA from the State of Maine, and Ph.D. from the University of Oregon.

Peter became involved with AFS in 1995 when the first of his three children became an AFS exchange student and he and his wife, Mary Ann Offer, joined the local chapter in Duxbury, Massachusetts. All three of their children were year students to AFS Thailand, with the youngest becoming a “double-dipper,” doing a gap year with AFS Netherlands. The Offer-Westort family has hosted 13 AFS exchange students over the last 18 years. Peter has been an active member of the local chapter for most of that time, working with Mary Ann to restart the Oshkosh chapter in World Class Area Team when they moved to Wisconsin in 2003.

Peter has been the treasurer for his area team for the last several years. He served on the AFS-USA-Japan Workgroup in 2015-2016. He is also active in the Oshkosh community, serving as treasurer for the local food co-op and as a member of the local United Way Allocations Committee. In retirement, he continues in the role of coordinator of the local Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program which he initiated with his University of Wisconsin students in 2004.