Since its beginning, AFS has been a vehicle for committed individuals who dare to make a difference. Courage, volunteerism and learning have been constants throughout our history. A century ago they resulted in thousands of lives saved. Then, in inventing the intercultural exchange programmes that still transform lives today.


Creating change is what AFSers do, and we call it the AFS Effect.

Change can come in many forms and, here, we are pleased to share just a few examples.


Putting Ideas into Action

Norman Vezi is a 20-year-old YES Programme alumni living in KwaZulu-Natal.

Here he writes about how he has learned that changing a community in a positive way does not necessarily require someone to be rich and have a lot of equipment; but that it just takes one person or a group of individuals with ideas that can be put into action.


Learning to Appreciate Things




























Jannis Drixler is a 27 year old volunteer from Germany, placed in South Africa for a period of one year by AFS Interculture South Africa; where he has been working with the Nkosi’s Haven. Here he tells us how he learned that change has to be owned by those involved.


No Decision Is For Life

















Laura Quest is a 21 year old volunteer from Germany, placed in South Africa for a period of one year by AFS Interculture South Africa; where she has been working with the Bush Pigs Outdoor Education Centre. Here she tells us how the experience has changed her.


Do YOU have a story of how AFS has helped to create change?

If so, please download the Stories of Change Template and share it with us!