Calling all AFS alumni: AFS needs YOU!
Former participants (returnees), volunteers, host families and staff are all part of the AFS alumni community
Join our online community at The AFS World Café!
Explore the AFS World Café, our global online community, to find the best way to connect with AFS. You can simply provide us with up-to-date contact information, find a role or activity that suits you or keep things social, connecting with friends. How you connect with AFS is up to you. Here’s some ideas to get started:
Find an AFSer
Update your contact info in the AFS World Café and re-connect with AFSers in your programme, your country and around the world. Catch up with old friends, make new ones and enhance your international network.
Find a mentor or be one
Learn more about our global community at the AFS World Café, and how you can support and mentor students. Or browse for AFSers that are volunteering their time to be mentors.
Take charge and create your own AFS alumni experience
We probably offer more ways to stay active and more flexibility than you think. For starters, you can refer a student or host family, make a donation, set up a scholarship or help AFS make an important connection.
Check out AFS Next
Looking to go abroad again? Participate in an AFSnext adult programme that includes internships, volunteer abroad opportunities, language learning and so much more.
Make a donation
Your donation can help deserving young people go abroad regardless of their financial situation. Scholarships help us expand our efforts to educate and empower more global citizens committed to our mission.
What is AFS today?
AFS is an inclusive community of global citizens committed to building a more just and peaceful world. We believe appreciating, valuing and respecting different cultures and being globally competent are key ingredients to helping the world learn to live together.
AFS is an intercultural education organisation that provides high school exchange programmes and so much more!
- AFS provides innovative study abroad and exchange programmes for teens and adults (AFSnext).
- Our programmes include groundbreaking intercultural learning journeys for teen participants, host families, volunteers and staff. AFS Next includes a global competency certification programme. These structured and facilitated learning programs are customised for each group and supported by curricula developed by AFS experts and leading educators around the world.
- AFS is a leading advocate of intercultural learning and global citizenship education, has a “consultative partnership” with UNESCO and works closely with many national and international peace, education and humanitarian organisations.
- AFS shares ideas and expertise with local communities interested in building bridges across cultures by organizing social impact and changemaking projects.
AFSers knows how much we value volunteers and host families. Without their commitment and passion AFS would not be the organisation we are today. But did you know that there are other ways you can stay involved, depending on your time, schedule, interests and professional expertise? Even a small gesture can make a big difference.