As an AFS volunteer, you will help to create a more just and peaceful world through fostering meaningful connections with students, families, and schools. In today’s ever-changing global landscape, building bridges between cultures is more important than ever. Through cultivating increased understanding through cross-cultural connections, you can make a lasting impact and find fulfillment in your work by joining our worldwide volunteer network.
Join a community of over 50,000 volunteers worldwide to make a difference in your own neighborhood and across the globe.
AFS Volunteer opportunities for any schedule
Explore ways to join our worldwide volunteer community, connect with students and AFSers around the world, and make a difference no matter what your calendar looks like.
A leader in intercultural exchange since 1946
70 years ago, AFS was founded by WWI volunteer ambulance drivers as a means for creating a more just and peaceful world through greater intercultural understanding. They believed that young people could create real change by broadening their horizons and learning more about the diverse world in which they live. Today, this mission is more important than ever.
AFS-USA embraces diversity at every level of our organization.
We are committed to creating safe and supportive intercultural learning opportunities for all high school study abroad participants, including persons with disabilities and people of all genders, nationalities, races, religions, and sexual orientations.
Resources for Current Volunteers
Trainings, contact information, frequently asked questions, volunteer stories and other resources for our volunteers.
My AFS Experience: Hosting, Studying Abroad, and VolunteeringMy name is Tori and I’m a current AFS Volunteer, Returnee from Japan (2010), and past host sister. I’m here to share my experience with AFS for anyone who’s curious…
Women Volunteers and Suffragettes in WWIThe early twentieth century brought forth opportunities for women beyond the home front: work, education, social reform, and political engagement. While many conservative Americans fought against this change in gender roles and believed women needed to be home, World War I served as a catalyst for volunteerism and ultimately, women’s suffrage.
One year later: Local Projects from AFS-USA’s LIFT WorkshopHow does AFS-USA, a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization with more than 70 years of experience, continue to improve the ways that it engages with local communities? At one level, the organization…