Congrats to 2019 AFS Outstanding Volunteers Award Winners!

AFS is the leading volunteer-driven global international education organization dedicated to creating active global citizens, globalizing schools and institutions, and expanding access to intercultural education.
Supported by 53,500 volunteers worldwide, AFS empowers people of all ages to live, lead and collaborate in diverse settings—in their local communities and around the world. Driven by the mission to foster greater intercultural understanding, AFS volunteers have built a global AFS community of more than 1 million people committed to creating a more just and peaceful world.
We congratulate all of the 2019 Outstanding Volunteer Award winners and extend a warm thank you to all of our amazing AFS volunteers.

2019 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.

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AFS Argentina & Uruguay

Hugo Paez Padró

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. 

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.

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AFS Indonesia

Anggi Mopri Sahata Siregar

Anggi is the President of the AFS chapter in Surabaya, Indonesia. He has been an active AFS volunteer since 2006, and over time he has supported high school students to prepare for their study abroad experiences, organized local AFS events, mentored AFS alumni and helped them make an impact after their program.

Anggi is also passionate about education and intercultural learning, and has worked with schools in the rural East Java Area to integrate intercultural education. He brings a different perspective to everything he does, and is known for his compassion and inclusiveness. Under his leadership, his local AFS chapter has tripled the number of students hosted and has organized numerous community service projects.

2019 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.

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AFS Japan

Ohnishi Family

Sumiko and Masaru Ohnishi always have their doors open for every exchange student, and are eager to share their experiences with other AFS volunteers and host families throughout Japan. They have hosted dozens of exchange students over the years, helping them adapt to the Japanese culture, learn the language and excel in their academic pursuits.

Sumiko also serves as an AFS chapter president in Tokyo and vice representative for the Kanto region, while Masaru enjoys exploring nature with exchange students, taking them on hiking and cycling trips across Japan. The Ohnishis are happiest when on their birthdays they receive calls and cards from around the world from their former hosted students.