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 that meet all different levels of time availability, interests, and skills. These roles can be performed locally in your chapter/team or nationally by volunteering on a National Council Advisory Group or Committee, or by serving 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 can 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 national volunteer roles in AFS-USA. Some examples are:
- Hosted Student Bio Writer: This role features writing student bios for our hosted students. As a volunteer, you have the best perspective on how best to present our hosted students to potential host families and schools.
- Airport volunteer: Helping manage arrivals and departures at the gateway and arrival airports around the U.S. is an important role.
To learn more about these national volunteer opportunities, you can contact your TDS or review the articles in this section which provide more detailed information about the National Council Advisory Groups and Committees.