What makes AFS unique as a volunteer organization, is the variety of opportunities for volunteers to be engaged in supporting the AFS mission. There are volunteer roles and tasks to meet different time commitments, interests, and skills, that can be done locally in your chapter/team, or nationally either volunteering in a advisory group, committee, National Council, or in a national volunteer role like Hosted Student Bio Writer.
AFS-USA established the National Council, Advisory Groups and Committees, as a way to create a space where AFS volunteers and staff could work together to address organizational needs and/or challenges from a national perspective. These national volunteer groups are forums where AFS staff and AFS volunteers representing different areas of expertise, knowledge, skills and talents can review different areas of the organization and develop recommendations for how we can improve the processes, tools, and/or resources needed to effectively deliver and support our AFS programs, volunteers, communities and participants.
There are also a number of national volunteer roles in AFS-USA. Some examples are:
- Hosted student bio writer
Writing student bios for our host students. As a volunteer you have the best perspective on how best to present our host students to potential host families and schools
- Airport volunteer
Helping out at the gateway and arrival airports around the U.S
To learn more about these national volunteer opportunities you can either contact your TDS, or review the articles in this section which provide more detailed information about our advisory groups, committees, and National Council.