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 Ambulance Field Service (later to be known as the "American Field Service" or "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 Ambulance Hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine, just outside 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 view the page containing more information about the archival record groups
or download the AFS: A Brief History
**Please note that the AFS Archives moved to a new location in December 2013. The new address is: 20 West 22nd Street, Suite 1410, New York, NY 10010, USA.**
News from the Archives
Dorothy Field, referred to as “Dot,” was one of the pioneer AFS volunteers. On November 5th 1941, the day after her son, Manning Field, went overseas as an AFS ambulance driver...
AFS has always been a pragmatic organization, trying to fill specific needs through the development of different programs and activities...
In 1917, the French Automobile Officers’ School in Meaux opened its doors to eager American Field Service (AFS) volunteers...