Having an AFS booth or table at a fair can be a great way to find host families, generate interest in study abroad, identify new volunteers, and remind the community of the exciting opportunities provided by AFS.
Tips for Success
Fair organizers often provide a table for every organization that's present, but you'll get more attention if your table stands out a bit. Ideally, you'd also have something at the table that will make people stop and think about it for a while. Always have AFS Marketing materials available.
- A poster or sign letting people know who you are. A large standing or table banner works best to draw people's attention. Your TDS may already have one available, or you can make a request here.
- Find materials to hand out at the event on the Field Hub, or create your own using DesignShop.
Additional table items could include:
o Photos of AFS events.
o Objects from foreign cultures with questions about how they are used.
o Food or candy, especially if it's international or interesting.
o A globe or map.
- If you have any say about where the booth is located, find a location nearest to where people will be milling about, such as near where food is served.
- Staffing the booth is a great opportunity for new volunteers who have recently returned from an AFS experience or recently hosted an AFS student. Having two people around makes the job more fun, as well.
- Have all interested students, host families, or volunteers write their contact information down on a lead sheet or on a tablet. These are the “leads” that you and your team will follow up with later.
- A nice touch is to wear an AFS t-shirt or AFS pin!
Be sure to follow up with any and all leads. If there are too many for you to handle on your own, ask other volunteers (or even your TDS) to help!
If you have any questions regarding available materials, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.