With more than 40,000 volunteers around the world, AFS is committed to providing every volunteer with a rich and rewarding experience. The training they receive prepares them to provide supportive exchange programs, while also paving the way for professional development and personal growth. In this way, AFS empowers volunteers to grow within the AFS Network and take on leadership roles at every level of the organization.
AFS Volunteers become part of a community of people who have a passion for exploring other cultures and working with people from these cultures. They are able to build meaningful connections within the AFS Network with others who share their interests.
Because volunteers are directly involved with participants and host families, they have a firsthand perspective on the strengths and weaknesses of the each exchange program. In order to provide the highest quality experiences abroad, AFS draws on this unique resource, tapping volunteers to take on more responsibility at an international, national and local level. Not only do AFS Volunteers serve as members of advisory boards, but they help determine the strategy and direction of the entire organization.
AFS promotes continuous learning for volunteers, in order to ensure that they have the training and preparation to act as mentors for program participants. These training sessions take place at the local, regional, national and international level. From the basics of intercultural learning and participant support to effective fundraising techniques, volunteers learn about every aspect of managing exchange programs and providing support for participants and host families.
The training offered by AFS enables volunteers to reach new levels of professional and personal success. Individuals can choose from a variety of roles and assignments, each of which provides the opportunity to gain useful experience. While they are helping others, volunteers develop skills and tools that may help them find employment or give them a competitive advantage in their current workplace.