Volunteers are encouraged to reach out to students in their communities and networks to identify potential AFSers. Below are some ideas for finding students:
College, Summer Opportunity, Gap-Year and International Fairs
Do online research or contact your local high school or college to find out what types of fairs they will have and how you can secure a table.
Information Events and Open Houses
Information Events and Open Houses are a good way to reach students in the community outside the school setting. Meeting with students in the evening or on weekends also allows you to reach their parents. With advance planning, good publicity, and good follow-up, these events are a good way to recruit. Check out these Sending Resources for planning and executing a successful AFS Info Event.
Share Scholarship Opportunities with Schools
Make sure school counselors and teachers are aware of our scholarship programs, and announce our Sending Programs in school announcements and newsletters. Private schools may not want to encourage students to miss an academic year or semester, but may help promote our summer, global prep, or gap year programs.
Post AFS Sending Promotions on Social Media
Even if you aren't Facebook friends with teenagers, or don't post daily on Instagram, you can reach many people in your networks through these platforms. Posting the latest scholarship opportunities and discounts is a great way to promote AFS. For example posts and up to date social media links, click here.
Think of the different groups in your community that would be interested in specific AFS programs, and plan ways to reach them. (For example, the German American Society's local branch might be very interested in our scholarships for students going to Germany.) After you’ve introduced your new group to AFS, keep exposing them to the AFS community, and publicly congratulate the applicants who have been accepted. Be sure to keep notes of your contacts and activities so next year the planning will be even easier! Some sample presentations can be found here.
Be sure that all of your host families with kids are aware of our study abroad programs! Host brothers and sisters already have a taste of AFS that will help them be successful AFSers overseas too.