The American Field Service (AFS) relied on donations from Americans in the United States to purchase ambulances during World War I. The organization created a number of promotional items and events in order to raise funds, including the promotional film Our Friend France, which showed the work of the AFS volunteers abroad. The silent film was shown in U.S. and French theaters to captivated audiences, and was accompanied by a live orchestra.

Our Friend France is used in one of the free lesson plans in Topic 6 of The Volunteers: Americans Join World War I, 1914-1919 Curriculum. The lesson plan explores a case study for an organization that has encouraged youth to become volunteers in a global environment from World War I to the present. Find the lesson plan here!

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