It's International Volunteer Day and we want to celebrate with AFS Volunteers worldwide

Join us at the AFS Global Volunteer MeetUp!

Learn about AFS’s history of volunteering, and meet and have fun with other AFS volunteers from around the world. The agenda includes panel discussions, volunteer activities that every AFSer knows and loves, and the announcement of this year’s AFS Volunteer Award winners. Join us in celebrating the amazing people that make our organization move forward everyday!

Don’t forget the dress code: wear your favorite AFS t-shirt!

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Agenda of the MeetUp

*All times are listed in Eastern Time (ET) = NYC, USA

Outstanding AFS volunteers will be awarded in these categories:


AFS Galatti Award

Established in 1983, the AFS Galatti Award honors AFS volunteers whose longtime commitment, dedication and exceptional journey with the organization have advanced the AFS mission and created an impact. It is awarded in honor of Stephen Galatti, who was Director General of AFS for more than 28 years (1936-1964) and who built and transformed AFS into a world-wide organization that promotes peace and global awareness through intercultural learning experiences.


Peggy and Art Howe Award

Established in 2016, Peggy and Art Howe Award honors the outstanding service of AFS volunteer families. This award is inspired by the Howe family, who volunteered for AFS for more than six decades. Art Howe was a volunteer AFS Ambulance Driver in World War II, President of AFS (1965-1971), and Life Trustee until his passing in 2014.


Young AFS Volunteer Award

Volunteerism has an important role to play in harnessing the potential of young people, and in AFS, young volunteers make fundamental contributions to promote intercultural understanding. Established in 2015, the Young AFS Volunteer Award for Outstanding Service recognizes AFS volunteers under the age of 30 whose exceptional contributions to the organization have made a difference in advancing the mission and goals of AFS.

Congrats to 2019 AFS Volunteers Award Winners!

For over fifty years, Hugo has been a part of AFS as an active volunteer and leader for the Mendoza chapter in AFS Argentina & Uruguay. Over time, he has been supporting teenagers during their exchange programs, leading AFS activities in local communities, and strategically directing the organization as its board member in two terms.

He has strengthened AFS’s work with schools and educators, and promoted active global citizenship across all AFS programs. Hugo’s humble and inspiring personality has made him a mentor for younger volunteer generations, and a regular motivational speaker in AFS activities. Hugo studied abroad with AFS in 1966, participating in the high school abroad program in the USA.