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

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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. 

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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. 

STEP3

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

Opportunities for AFS Volunteers

Interested in being part of Interntional Volunteer Exchange? Apply today to be part of a different culture & traditions, to see the world from different perspective, make new friends and to discover yourself!

Upcoming opportunities:

Volunteer Exchange to Switzerland

The land of Alps. Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation, is a federal republic in Europe. It consists of 26 cantons, and the city of Bern is the seat of the federal authorities. The country is situated in western-Central Europe, and is bordered by Italy to the south, France to the west, Germany to the north, and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east. Switzerland is a landlocked country geographically divided between the Alps, the Swiss Plateau and the Jura. While the Alps occupy the greater part of the territory, the Swiss population of approximately eight million people is concentrated mostly on the plateau, where the largest cities are to be found: among them are the two global cities and economic centers Zürich and Geneva. The volunteer exchange program will take place in Zurich. Swiss culture is characterized by diversity, which is reflected in a wide range of traditional customs.

Hosting in India -25th September-9th October, 2017

Sending by India-9th October- 22nd October, 2017

Volunteer Exchange to Hungary

Hungary is one of the 15 most popular tourist destinations in the world, with a capital regarded as one of the most beautiful in the world. Despite its relatively small size, Hungary has numerous World Heritage Sites, UNESCO Biosphere reserves, the second largest thermal lake in the world (Lake Hévíz), the largest lake in Central Europe (Lake Balaton), and the largest natural grassland in Europe (Hortobágy).  Hungary has a rich folk crafts tradition, for example: embroidery, decorated pottery and carvings. Hungary has a rich and colorful literature with many poets and writers although not many are known abroad due to the limited prevalence of the Hungarian language. Some noted authors include Sándor Márai and Imre Kertész, who have been gaining acclaim in recent decades

Hosting in India– September 25 – October 8, 2017

Sending by India– April 14-27, 2018

Volunteer Exchange to Mexico

Known as Architectural Wonders, Mexico is a country between the U.S. and Central America that’s known for its Pacific and Gulf of Mexico beaches and its diverse landscape of mountains, deserts and jungles. Ancient ruins such as Teotihuacán and the Mayan city of Chichén Itzá are scattered throughout the country, as are Spanish colonial-era towns. In capital Mexico City, upscale shops, renowned museums and gourmet restaurants cater to modern life. AFS India hosted 12 volunteers from AFS Mexico at Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and Baroda Chapter.  The hosting at Mexico is deemed to happen in January/February 2018.

Hosting by India-February, 2017 (Already completed)

Sending from India– 27th January-10th February, 2018

Volunteer Exchange to Brazil

Brazil, a vast South American country, stretches from the Amazon Basin in the north to vineyards and massive Iguaçu Falls in the south. Sprawling across half of South America,  Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world. White-sand beaches, tropical islands, music-filled metropolises and charming colonial towns are dotting its 7,500 km (4,600 mi) long coastline. Inland, Brazil tourist attractions consist of imposing waterfalls, wetlands filled with wildlife, and the untouched wilderness of the Amazon rainforest where several isolated tribes still live without any contact with the rest of the world.

Hosting in India– Feb-March, 2018

Sending by India– August 2018

EVA Program to Czech Republic

The volunteer exchange program is giving an opportunity to the Host Mothers to meet their peers from the beautiful country of Czech Republic. The country is known for its ornate castles, native beers and long history. Prague, the capital, is home to grand 9th-century Prague Castle, a preserved medieval old town and statue-lined Charles Bridge.

Hosting in India– Between 27th November- 17th December, 2017

Sending by India-May/June, 2018

Selection Criteria:

  • One has to be a registered volunteer and active – both at local level and/or national level for past 1-2 year.
  • Should be willing to take part in both hosting and sending of the Volunteer Exchange Program
  • Preference will be given to those who have not participated in any exchange program earlier
  • One has to continue being active in the chapter for a minimum of 1 year after attending this Volunteer Exchange Program
  • Should have filled “AFS and You form”.
  • Should have decent English speaking skills.

The volunteer is responsible for all the expenses which include travel, visa and other incidental costs.

AFS India is happy to provide scholarship opportunities to deserving applicants.*

For more information, get in touch with Aadil Fahim ([email protected]) or Priya Sen ([email protected])

*T&C Apply

Engaging with my community; meeting people from around the world

“Best thing I learned from AFS is that “Expect the unexpected”, and this really turned my perspective of my life and due to that, today I am exposed to the reality of the world and ready for whatever it will throw at me. World has its own bitter and better ends and because of AFS I was able to feel and even see both together. This is how it made a difference in my life. Today I am really glad that I can proudly share my experience with anyone.”

—Biju Philip, AFS  Returnee & Volunteer

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 community changemakers in action

Be inspired by innovative AFS changemaking, social impact and community service projects that use intercultural learning activities to address local challenges and bring diverse communities together. 

Award-winning AFS volunteers and changemaking projects

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

AFS supports UN Sustainable Development Goals

AFS believes the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) #4 and #16 provide a roadmap to help make our world a better place for all people.
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Global Goal #4:

QUALITY EDUCATION

Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning

Goal #4 focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to promote “sustainable development” and “sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development. 

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Global Goal #16

PEACE, JUSTICE AND STRONG INSTITUTIONS

Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies

Goal #16 has three main objectives: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

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Empowering people of all ages to respect and appreciate differences

AFS is an inclusive community of global citizens committed to fostering intercultural learning as a powerful peace-building tool. Through AFS study abroad and changemaking programs, our volunteers help students, young adults, families and others take their first steps to becoming global citizens. 

Find out more about International Volunteer Day 2016

Resources and Good Reads

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Volunteer Voices

This volunteer-driven blog is a platform where AFSers exchange ideas about their local and global changemaking and social impact activities. At the start of every dream, change and impact, there is a good story.

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Connect: Intercultural Insights for Global Citizens

This digital magazine explores intercultural and global citizenship education, voluntarism and social impact, through articles, interviews, and learning tools created by respected thought leaders and experts.

Read Connect here
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AFS Perspectives: Helping the world learn to live together

Written by AFS experts from around the world, this blog champions diverse perspectives about culture and education, inspiring readers to become intercultural leaders of their communities.

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Intercultural Learning (ICL) for AFS & Friends

Series of insightful and concise essays on key intercultural concepts based on research and practical experiences. The series is produced by AFS education experts for anyone studying about or working with intercultural topics.

Access the series
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The Volunteers: Americans Join World War I, 1914—1919

This Curriculum for secondary school educators takes a unique approach to volunteerism, intercultural competence and global citizenship education, since the volunteer efforts of young people during World War I until today.

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Volunteer on the other side of the world

Want to volunteer abroad to tackle issue that you are passionate about? AFSNext lets you choose your area of interest—from working with youth to environmental issues—in a part of the world that you would like to work in and learn from.

Volunteer Abroad Programs