Welcome to the Archives of the American Field Service and
AFS Intercultural Programs
The Archives of the American Field Service and AFS Intercultural Programs (AFS Archives) is the repository for material related to the history and development of the organization that is now referred to as AFS Intercultural Programs, Inc.
AFS Intercultural Programs began as the American Field Service (AFS), which had its origins in 1914 shortly after the outbreak of World War I, when young Americans living in Paris volunteered as ambulance drivers at the American Hospital of Paris. AFS participated in every major French battle and carried more than 500,000 wounded during World War I. By the end of the war, 2,500 men had served in the American Field Service with the French Armies.
For more information about the transition of AFS from an ambulance and camion service in World War I to the present-day international student exchange programs, please see the descriptions of our archival collections
News from the Archives
In 1917, the French Automobile Officers’ School in Meaux opened its doors to eager American Field Service (AFS) volunteers...
United States President John F. Kennedy spoke to AFS Participants in Washington, D.C. three times during the course of his presidency...
The American Ambulance Field Service broke away from the American Ambulance Hospital and established an independent headquarters in Paris...