AFS transforms volunteers into global citizens and changemakers

We call that the #AFSeffect!
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Create change

Change the world by changing minds. Help AFSers and your community appreciate and celebrate cultural differences.

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Create community

Join a global community of change-makers and people like you. Serve as a change agent in your community.

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Create yourself

Develop practical cross-cultural skills and find your place as a global citizen, leader and changemaker in your community.

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Create future

Lead diverse teams at home or around the world and promote inclusive societies for sustainable development. 

How to become an AFS Volunteer

STEP1

Send an inquiry

To ensure the safety of and support to AFS students, all volunteers must be registered. Our application process is thorough and provides what we need to make volunteers successful. Feel stuck? We’re here to help. 

Sign in
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Meet AFS volunteers

Find out more about us and what volunteering with AFS is all about. Then together we can clarify the best role for you based on availability, and what you want to learn and do. 

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Get trained

Receive basic training to be an AFS Volunteer, including What Every AFSer Should Know About Intercultural Learning™,  to prepare for an engaging, meaningful volunteer assignment. 

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Begin your journey

You will have an amazing time no matter what you do for AFS. You’ll meet interesting students, make friends from around the world, work with passionate volunteers and gain intercultural and other skills that will last a lifetime. 

Every volunteer makes a huge impact at AFS

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Support

  • Match AFS students with host families
  • Help host families get to know their AFS student
  • Be a liaison for host schools
  • Introduce international students to your community
  • Check in with students or host families regularly to monitor programs
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Plan

  • Organize orientations for study abroad and hosting programs
  • Arrange awesome social events and cultural trips
  • Bring host families together to share experiences
  • Set-up information sessions for students, families or volunteers
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Train

  • Guide AFSers and others through intercultural learning journeys
  • Introduce students to your country’s culture
  • Facilitate learning through creative activities
  • Share your own global experience and cultural insights
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Manage & Lead

  • Launch community projects helping others learn how to respect, appreciate and value other cultures
  • Serve on local AFS groups and boards
  • Learn how to manage local volunteers
  • Inspire others to serve their community

AFS Volunteer Jobs

Job Overview as PDF Attachment

AFS Volunteer Jobs

Engaging with my community; meeting people from around the world

« Involving myself as a volunteer for AFS gives me the opportunity to get to know and meet wonderful people from different countries and cultures.
Through the preparation, support and accompaniment of the exchange students and (guest) families, I gather exciting and instructive experiences.
As a AFS Volunteer, I gain valuable skills and contribute to this world in various situations and tasks. This may seem small in detail, but overall the #AFSeffect goes around the world »

—Myrta Grubenmann, Volunteer of the Year 2017 Schweiz 

Challenge yourself while supporting others

By volunteering with AFS you can:

  • Work closely with experienced volunteers to find creative solutions
  • Take on challenging situations for personal growth
  • Polish practical skills to gain a competitive edge at school or work
  • Train to become an intercultural learning facilitator
  • Learn how to make better decisions and solve problems
  • Develop leaderships skills you will use forever

AFS Mission

AFS is an international voluntary, non-governmental, non-profit organization that provides intercultural learning opportunities to help people develop the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to create a more just and peaceful world.

Read more about what we stand for

Questions?

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Volunteering on the other side of the world

You would like to experience abroad and participate in a charitable project? AFS also organizes international volunteer assignments, where you can immerse yourself in a foreign culture and contribute you with meaningful work.

With us you will find the right project for you!

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