Florida Area Team

Welcome to the Florida Team!

Here, you can learn more about the AFS presence and activities that are going on throughout Florida.  Our team is a dedicated group of volunteers and a Team Development Specialist who all work together to further the AFS mission.  Take a look around and we encourage you to get involved! 

Kathleen Birkhimer, Florida Team Chair

Where are we Located?

Our Team is located throughout the State of Florida with hosted participants placed in homes from Key West to Jacksonville.  We are primarily focused around five major areas, Southeast Florida, Southwest Florida, Central Florida, Tampa, and Jacksonville.

How are we doing?

For 2016-2017 school year we are hosting 28 students throughout the state! We hope to out-do ourselves for 2017-2018 and are actively looking for families to host starting August 2017.  We are also looking for local students who are interested in participating in any of our many study-abroad programs on either a semester or full school year program.  For the 2016-2017 year, we have:

  • Over 75 - Active AFS Florida Volunteers

  • 28 - Foreign Students hosted

  • 12 - U.S. Students sent abroad for a year, semester or summer programs


With more than 70 years of international education experience, AFS is one of the most valued and reputable high school student exchange organizations in the world.

American Field Services (AFS) started out as a volunteer ambulance service in World War I and evolved into the international student exchange company in the 50s, 60s and 70s. AFS works with students from about 50 countries worldwide operating primarily via local chapters. These local groups and field volunteers assist and work with students coming into the U.S. as well as facilitate American high school students who want to study abroad, including CBYX (Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange) and YES (inbound and outbound) programs.

Getting involved is easy!  Simply contact either our Team development Specialist, Julie Smith, jsmith@afsusa.org407-212-2403, or our Team Chair, Kathleen Birkhimer at kathleen-brikhimer@afsusa.org or 352-598-2080.  They can provide you all the details you need to become either a host family,  a volunteer, or to travel abroad as an exchange student with AFS Florida!  If circumstances in your life currently prevent you from donating your time, please consider donating to our cause via our secure "DONATION" page instead.  Questions around donations can be directed to our Team Treasurer - Neal Quiros. neal.quiros@afsusa.org or 407-353-2457/ This donations help support involvement at culturally enriching activities by our students.  Thank you.

AFS Volunteers needing to submit expense reports can use the following link - AFS Florida Expense Report