AFS volunteers are what makes our global organization unique – they are passionate individuals of all ages and backgrounds who invest their time, talents and energy into making the AFS mission of intercultural understanding come to life. Being an AFS volunteer is also an opportunity for lifelong learning and personal development, with ample opportunities for new friendships and connections with other volunteers who share similar interests.

With that in mind, AFS volunteers from around the world joined a third Global Meetup this September, where they connected with volunteers from other countries, exchanged experiences and got new ideas for their local activities


The Meetup explored topics like Storytelling, where volunteers discovered how to tell the story of AFS exchange programs and become AFS influencers online. Volunteers took a deep dive into what makes AFS unique, including our Student Learning Journey that educates our students to become Active Global Citizens. Those who joined the global meetup had an opportunity to put their knowledge about AFS into practice immediately in a Pitch Session.

The next volunteer meetup is planned for December 5, where we’ll celebrate International Volunteers Day and announce this year’s AFS Volunteer Awards winners. Submit your nomination for the 2021 AFS Volunteer Awards which will recognize and honor their commitment until October 11, 2021. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to connect with each other and work on creative solutions for global challenges at the upcoming Global Ideathon (September 24-26 2021).

Worldwide, there are more than 50,000 AFS volunteers of all ages and backgrounds, making up a movement of global citizens willing to help people and communities learn to live together, and build peace through intercultural understanding. Do you want to get involved, have a positive impact on your community, get to know like-minded people, and just have fun? Become an AFS Volunteer and join your local AFS organization.