Returnees Blog

  • Q&A With AFS-USA's Alumni Relations Intern: Molly Kisner

    Molly Kisner is our Alumni Relations intern and an AFS Returnee (U.S. to France, 2010), and she just completed our fall internship program last week.

  • Studying Abroad in the 1960s

    Read AFS' history and get a glimpse at an AFS Student's life in the 1960s. Written by Andrea Kutsenkow, AFS Archivist.

  • Q&A With Board Vice Chair: Jed Hepworth

    Meet our AFS-USA's new Board Vice Chair: Jed Hepworth.

  • How Returnees Can Celebrate International Education Week

    AFS Returnees are invited to join the AFS Family in celebrating the impact of global learning and international exchange!

  • AFS-USA Changemaker Reception in Washington, D.C.

    A recap of AFS-USA's Changemakers Reception in Washington, DC on September 12, 2017. Honorees included Senator Jeff Merkley, Jenny & Michael Messner, and Rep. Jim Himes.

  • Bringing France Home

    My six months in France helped me discover myself. I’m more confident because of my exchange, because the pieces of me that I hold onto can withstand different cultures.

  • Making the world your home

    An AFS Returnee describes how living with a host family in France taught her the power of language.

  • Advice from Maggie: The Official AFS Returnee Holiday Checklist

    December 20, 2016 - AFS Returnee, Maggie, shares her advice for returnees during the holiday season.

  • Returnee Spotlight: Helene Bee

    December 9, 2016 - Helene spent her AFS year in Indonesia with AFS and participated in the 2016 Returnee Leadership Summit. Learn more about her exchange year and the #AFSEffect.

  • Advice from Maggie: Being a global citizen after exchange

    November 29, 2016 - Maggie gives returnees advice on getting back into their normal routines after exchange while continuing to be an active global citizen.

  • Returnee Spotlight: Maddy Keating

    November 17, 2016 - Maddy K. spent her AFS year in Germany with AFS and participated in the 2016 Returnee Leadership Summit. Learn more about her exchange year in Europe.

  • Returnee Spotlight: Nico B.

    November 7, 2016 - Nico B. spent his AFS year in Egypt with AFS and participated in the 2015 Returnee Leadership Summit. Read his account of his exchange year in the Middle East

  • Advice from Maggie: Keeping Up With Your Host Language

    October 13, 2016 - Returnee and AFS-USA intern, Maggie, shares her advice on maintaining the language skills you learned abroad.

  • Returnee Spotlight on: Dana Buzzelli

    September 21, 2016 - Dana is an AFS Returnee and Volunteer and was recently selected by AFS-USA to attend the Transatlantic Summer Academy in Germany. Read on for more!

  • Returnees reflect on the Leadership Summit

    April 25, 2016 - Three returnees reflect on their experience at the Returnee Leadership Summit.

  • Tribute Award: Returnee Engagement

    The Tribute Award recognizes Chapters and/or Teams for their outstanding service to AFS-USA. Check out the activities and projects this year's applicants created for returnees!

  • March News for AFS Returnees

    February 25, 2016 - Read on to learn about exciting opportunities for AFS Returnees.

  • Returnee Spotlight On: Jim Chua

    February 19, 2016 - Jim is a Malaysian returnee to the United States who had the opportunity to experience working for AFS-USA after his exchange.

  • Celebrating New Year's Eve Around the World

    January 4, 2016 - Many returnees celebrated a new year during their exchange. Read on to learn about the ways New Year's Eve is celebrated around the world.

  • Returnee Spotlight on: Gabbi Paris

    December 17, 2015 - Gabbi Paris, an AFS Returnee to Spain, has won the prestigious 2015 International Young AFS Volunteer Award. Read on to learn more about Gabbi!

  • Celebrating Thanksgiving Abroad

    November 24, 2015 - Follow five returnees as they reflect on the Thanksgiving they spent abroad.

  • Returnee Spotlight on: Brianna O'Flyng Halverson

    November 10, 2015 - Brianna, our 2015 Returnee Photo Contest winner, tells us the story behind her winning photo submission.

  • Fall Traditions in our AFS Host Countries

    October 26, 2015 - Sasha Daniels, AFS returnee to Germany in 2011 with CBYX, takes over the Returnee Blog to explore fall traditions around the globe.

  • Returnee Spotlight on: Sam Harshbarger and Katie Eder

    October 23, 2015 - Sam & Katie are our 2014 AFS Project: Change and AFS Vision in Action recipients. Read on about their AFS experience and their plans for the future.

  • Chicago's 2nd Annual Scavenger Hunt!

    October 2, 2015 - AFS Returnee, Kata E., shares her experience organizing and participating in Chicago's 2nd Annual Scavenger Hunt.

  • Fall News for AFS Returnees

    September 30, 2015 - What's new this fall for returnees? Find out!

  • August News for AFS Returnees

    August 14, 2015 - What's new and good at AFS-USA Returnee Engagement? Read on for more info.

  • Eternal AFSers

    June 30, 2015 - A Youth Returnee Participant's Significant Takeaways from the Annual Returnee Leadership Summit

  • What's New With Returnee-Alumni Relations?

    October 6, 2015 -- Learn what's new with AFS-USA Returnee and Alumni Relations!

  • Summer Opportunities for Returnee-Alumni!

    May 14, 2015 - Check out these opportunities for AFS returnee-alumni taking place throughout the summer.

  • Returnee Spotlight on Emily Gifford

    May 11, 2015 - Emily participated in an AFS program to Brazil in 2002. Since her return, she has become an invaluable AFS volunteer. Learn more about Emily's AFS journey!

  • Six Crazy AFS Experiences

    April 21, 2015 - Six crazy AFS experiences brought to you by AFS returnees.

  • The #1 study abroad moment you never forget

    High school study abroad is generally one of the most memorable experiences you can have as a teen. But is there one particular moment that stays with you for life?

  • AFS returnee takes on college study abroad

    March 10, 2015 - Rachel B., an AFS returnee, talks about how her AFS experience also ended up shaping her college study abroad.

  • The Story Behind the Photo

    February 19, 2015 - Lynn Nelson, U.S. to Thailand Returnee, tells us the story behind her Returnee Photo Contest submission.

  • Returnee Reflections, 55 Years Later

    January 27, 2015 - Returnee, Elizabeth Martinez, reflects on her AFS experience in 1960 and its lasting impact.

  • AFS Scavenger Hunt in Chicago!

    January 5, 2015 - AFSer, Caroline Jevon, tells us about the successful scavenger hunt recently organized by a group of AFS returnees in Chicago!

  • Returnee Spotlight on Jenna Willing

    December 10, 2014 - Learn more about AFS returnee, Jenna Willing, the winner of our Returnee Photo Contest!

  • International Student Friend Program Debuts in E-Z Pass Area Team

    November 21, 2014 - the International Student Friend Program gives recent returnees an opportunity to be involved with AFS in a new, meaningful and helpful way!

  • AFS Returnees Photo Contest

    November 12, 2014 - Do you have an awesome photo from your time abroad with AFS? Send it to us for the chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card and AFS merchandise!

  • Returnee Spotlight on: Nicole Walker

    October 24, 2014 - Meet Nicole Walker, AFS returnee, volunteer, Returnee Coordinator, and intern! Learn more about her AFS story.

  • AFS Returnee Rewards Program

    October 16, 2014 - Calling AFS Returnees! Earn rewards and merchandise while spreading the word about AFS! There are a lot of reasons to get involved like our awesome grand prize!

  • 6 Signs you're an AFS Returnee

    October 14, 2014 - You know you're an AFS returnee when...

  • Returnee Spotlight on: Raysieo Duakin

    September 24, 2014 - Meet Raysieo Duakin, Malysia to Japan AFS returnee, AFS-USA volunteer, and Returnee Coordinator for the San Francisco Bay Area Team!

  • Home from abroad part IV: Becoming an AFS Volunteer

    September 5, 2014 - AFS is more than an experience; It's a lifestyle. Discover how to seamlessly transition from the Exchange Student phase of AFS Life to the Volunteer phase.

  • Home from abroad part III: Sharing your wisdom

    September 3, 2014 - Even if your family and friends tire of hearing about your experience abroad, there are people out there who want - no, NEED - to hear what you have to say.

  • Home from abroad part II: The other side of exchange

    August 28, 2014 - You may never be able to fully relive your study abroad experience. But you can still be part of the exchange process!

  • Home from abroad part I: Finding cultural outlets

    August 25, 2014 - Coming home doesn't mean you have to give up the habits, hobbies and customs you adopted while studying abroad. Here are tips for staying true to the new you.

  • Returnees Reunite in San Francisco

    August 21, 2014 - AFS Returnees from the San Francisco Bay Area gathered for an afternoon of reminiscing, cultural sharing and fun!

  • Reflecting on the Transition Home

    July 11, 2014 - AFSer, Kalkidan, reflects on the transition from AFS student in Costa Rica to AFS returnee.

  • AFS returnees continue their intercultural learning experience in Washington, DC!

    July 1, 2014 - Sixteen AFS returnees from throughout the U.S. gathered in Washington, DC to further develop their leadership, communication, and coordinating skills.