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 32,000 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
75 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.
Alumni Spotlight: Abby VerrandoIn this article, Abby Verrando, a California high school student in her junior year, responds to a series of questions about her experience in the AFS Youth Ambassador Sustainability Program…
2023 AFS Volunteer AwardsCongratulations to the 2023 AFS Volunteer Awardees! The Galatti Award Established in 1983, the Galatti Award, bestowed in memory of Stephen Galatti, the Director General of AFS for more than…
An AFS Adventure to Austria in 1968!This article is written by AFS-USA Alumnus Dave Schrader. Dave is currently an AFS Volunteer in the Greater Los Angeles and South Bay Chapter who is greatly involved with orientation…