Marga Johnstone standing next to her “AFS MOM” license plate in Pasadena, California in 1979. Courtesy of the Archives of the American Field Service and AFS Intercultural Programs (AFS Archives.) This photograph cannot be reproduced outside the guidelines of United States Fair Use (17 U.S.C., Section 107) without advance permission from the AFS Archives.
Marga Johnstone standing next to her “AFS MOM” license plate in Pasadena, California in 1979. Courtesy of the Archives of the American Field Service and AFS Intercultural Programs (AFS Archives.) This photograph cannot be reproduced outside the guidelines of United States Fair Use (17 U.S.C., Section 107) without advance permission from the AFS Archives.

This photograph shows Marga Johnstone, the AFS Chapter President of John Muir High School, standing in front of her car in Pasadena, California in 1979. Marga was an AFS Host Mom six times by the time this photograph was taken, and she proudly displays this fact on the license plate of her car.

The valuable, immersive exchange experience AFS provides is only possible thanks to the many outstanding host families from around the world. Some AFS Partners (such as AFS Australia) have even created host family appreciation months, dedicated to recognizing the many families who have opened their doors and shared their homes with AFS Participants.

You can click here to learn more about AFS USA’s current host family appreciation month activities!

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