News/Announcements

Volunteer Round Up

Ever thought about getting involved or giving back, but not sure how or whether you have the time or skill? At our third annual Volunteer Round Up, you will learn more about how to get involved, make a difference, and have fun. We have opportunities to dip your toe in the water if you have Read More

Host an Exchange Student for the Weekend

Have you ever considered hosting a foreign exchange student? This opportunity gives you the chance to host for just an extended weekend! Get to know an exchange student and experience what it’s like to host. You also help a student experience the lifestyle of another American family. Activities will be provided for the student during Read More

Seeking Host Families

We are always looking for host families for our exchange students! Hosting a student is beneficial for both you and the student. Not only does the student get to experience American culture, you and your family get to learn all about your student’s culture,  values, and traditions. Being a host mother or father is easy Read More

Sending Deadlines

Have a student interested in travelling on AFS? Here are some deadlines to be aware of: Deadlines are April 1 for most summer AFS Programs. There are several summer programs that include Community Service; here are a few to consider: Hungary – 2 weeks, explore Budapest and live with a host family.  Visit refugee camps and get to know Read More

Volunteers Needed For Phoenix Weekend

Phoenix Weekend will be held on January 23 – 26, 2020. During this 4 day experience, the students will be changing host families and attending their mid-year orientation. We are requesting the participation of our wonderful volunteers to make this year’s Phoenix Weekend a success! Thursday and Friday we are in need of Chaperones from Read More

Project Change 2019

We’re excited to launch the annual AFS Project: Change contest! From now until December, students in grades 8-12 are invited to submit an idea for a volunteer project addressing a contemporary global issue in one of seven countries. The Grand Prize winner will travel abroad this summer on a 10-15 day program to put their vision into action on Read More

International Travel for AFS Students

AFS students are only able to travel outside the US with members of their host family (age 25+) or on a school-sponsored/youth group-sponsored trip. The first time a student travels internationally, a host parent will need to complete the steps below. SP students are sponsored program students, the procedure for these students is different and Read More

Independent Travel Guidelines

AFS-USA travel guidelines are designed to maintain the integrity of AFS Programs and to help participants adapt fully to their lives as exchange participants in the U.S. AFS Participants have obligations to their host families, communities, and schools. In addition, AFS is responsible for participants; AFS must know a participant’s whereabouts in the event of Read More

Activity Waiver

Here’s a quick look of student “covered” activities. Anything beyond this will require an additional waiver from the natural parents, unless it’s a prohibited activity. Should your student need one this at any point this year, please plan ahead, and let your liaison know prior to the student participating in the activity and the liaison Read More