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. Many roles can be performed locally in your chapter/team. National volunteer opportunities include serving as a Hosted Student Bio Writer and becoming a member of an Advisory Group or a National Council Committee.
The Hosted Student Bio Writer role includes writing student bios for our incoming hosted students. As a volunteer, you have unique perspective on how to best present our hosted students to potential host families and schools. Another important role is volunteering at airports during student arrivals and departures. Contact your TDS to learn more about these opportunities.
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.
To learn more about Advisory Groups and National Council Committees, review the articles in this section which provide more detailed information about each group.
- National Council
- Communications Committee
- Compliance Advisory Group
- Government Relations Advisory Group
- Hosting Advisory Group
- Nominations and Selection Committee
- Orientation Advisory Group
- Support Advisory Group
- Sponsored Programs Advisory Group
- Travel Advisory Group
- Volunteer Recognition Committee