Established in 1983, the Galatti Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service honors AFS Volunteers whose commitment and exceptional dedication have advanced the mission and goals of AFS.
Find out more on the Galattti Award Nomination process here!
Ulises Boom - AFS Dominican Republic
Mr. Boom has been a committed AFS Volunteer for over two decades after witnessing a touching testimony from an AFS Host Family during 1990 AFS event. Ulises is best known for promoting AFS Programs in schools and in the media as learning opportunities that young Dominicans become global citizens working for peace and understanding in a diverse world.
Sharon Held - USA
Ms. Held has been an inspiration and an exemplary role model for AFS-USA Volunteers for more than 40 years. She first began volunteering for AFS in high school, even before participating in a year-long AFS program to Brazil. Her volunteering has encompassed nearly every possible role at the local, regional and national level. Sharon exemplifies the AFS mission and has worked tirelessly in her community, her family and her daily life to support AFS.
Monique Buffin - AFS France
Ms. Buffin has been enthusiastically involved in AFS volunteer activities for more than four decades. As the sending coordinator for the Paris - Ile de France Chapter for 20 years, Monique helped send more than 400 AFS Participants go abroad. Her first AFS experiences were as a Host and Sending Mother. Since then, Monique has been a true grass-root volunteer helping students write their applications, escorting AFS Participants to their embassies to solve visa challenges, and opening her home for countless AFS meetings.
Rodrigo Antonio Ferrada-González - Chile
Mr. Ferrada-González began his AFS adventure as an AFS Participant from Chile to Alabama in 1979. After serving in several roles, he became local chapter president of Viña del Mar and Valparaiso. Under his watch, 600 students went on an AFS Programs, and 167 students from across the globe have lived with AFS Host Families in his chapter. Rodrigo is committed to the AFS values of diversity, making sure his chapter identifies different destinations every year for hosting and sending.
AFS congratulates both of our outstanding 2014 Galatti Award recipients and thanks them for their dedicated service.
For more than 65 years, the success of AFS exchange programs has depended on a network of volunteers who generously donate their time and talents. The Galatti Award was established in 1983 to recognize these contributions, and it is presented each year to community volunteers who have provided long-term support at the grassroots level. The award is the most prestigious commendation granted by AFS, celebrating the accomplishments of outstanding volunteers as well as the positive impact that volunteerism has on the community.