Greater West Metro Area Team

Welcome to the Greater West Metro Team Website!

The Greater West Metro Area Team is made up of passionate local volunteers in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area who believe in the power of intercultural exchange. Many of our volunteers have experienced intercultural exchange themselves through hosting and/or studying abroad. Our goal is to share AFS program opportunities with students, families and schools in our metro communities. Through a support network of families, educators, volunteers, staff and students, we hope to provide intercultural learning experiences that will positively and peacefully change the world.

Where are we Located?

The Greater West Metro Area Team is made up of 6 local chapters enabling volunteers to focus their energies in their own communities, while being integral parts of the larger Area Team. The chapters are:

  • Minneapolis/Edina: includes Richfield and Saint Louis Park
  • Metro South: Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Eagan, Rosemount, Farmington, Burnsville, Savage, Chaska, Waconia, Lakeville, Apple Valley, Prior Lake,
  • Wayzata: Hopkins, Orono, Osseo, Minnetonka
  • Robbinsdale: Plymouth. New Hope. Hopkins
  • Crow River: Hutchinson, Gaylord, Arlington, Henderson
  • Mississippi 8: Buffalo, Rogers, Elk River

The Greater West Metro Area Team broadly defined, represents communities in and around the Twin Cities on the West Side of the Mississippi River. We include communities as far southeast as Farmington, as far east as Eagan, as far North as Buffalo, and as far West as Gaylord. If we are not the right area team for your area, don't worry we would be more than happy to help you connect with the right area!

How are we Doing?

We support the AFS Hosted Student Programs and Study Abroad Programs in the Greater Minneapolis West Metro area. Our volunteers engage and inform communities through local events and school partnerships.

  • 75 - Active AFS Volunteers

  • 30 - Students hosted in the Greater West Metro Team

  • 20 - U.S. students sent abroad for a year, semester or summer programs

How can you get Involved?

Opportunities are always available locally and nationally. AFS provides training and mentoring for each registered volunteer. We would love to have you as a part of our team working with you to find the perfect fit for your interests and time. Contact us if you are interested in getting involved.