Commemorating Our Past, Celebrating Our Future

More than 1,200 members of the AFS Global Community, representing 57 countries, convened in Paris to observe the 100th Anniversary of the American Field Service (AFS). The AFS 2014 World Congress kicked off the event. The theme—The AFS Effect: Daring to Create Change—encouraged delegates to identify future opportunities for the organization. As a world leader in intercultural learning, AFS held two symposiums at UNESCO Headquarters to advocate expanding global citizenship education. To celebrate, AFSers of all ages reconnected at the AFS Returnee Day and Centennial Gala.

The AFS Centennial, which runs through December 31, 2015, commemorates the courage, spirit and vision of our founders—the World War I and II ambulance drivers of the American Field Service. AFS Intercultural Programs remains committed to student, exchange programs,  intercultural learning and serving others through the 43,000 AFS volunteers supporting our programs around the world.

AFS World Congress 2014

November 3—6, 2014  |  Paris, France

The AFS Effect: Daring to Create Change

To celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the American Field Service, the AFS 2014 World Congress assembled in Paris, the city where AFS was founded. 

The AFS Centennial provided an opportunity for delegates from 60 AFS organizations to acknowledge the impact AFS has had on individuals and communities for the past 100 years.  Equally important, the Centennial milestone provided an occurrence for AFS leadership to launch new initiatives to guide AFS into its second century.

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AFS Returnee Day

November 7, 2014  |  Palais des Congress  |  Paris, France

Although this event was called “AFS Returnee Day,” more than 700 AFSers representing the entire AFS Global Community turned out to enjoy a day of reconnecting, conversations and sharing. AFS Returnees, spouses, partners, AFS Volunteers, Host Families, Sending Families, Staff, supporters and friends took part in the fun activities and formal discussions. 

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Learning to Live Together—from Ideas to Action
AFS Global Intercultural Education Symposium

November 8, 2014  |  UNESCO Headquarters  |  Paris, France

The AFS Global Intercultural Education Symposium was an amazing milestone in AFS history. On November 8, 2014, representatives of the AFS Global Community convened with luminaries in the world of peace and justice at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France to make a bold statement about the importance of global citizenship education and the role AFS has taken to advance this movement. The Symposium was held as part of the AFS Centennial Celebrations held in Paris in November. Over 1,000 people participated in the event.

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100 Years Young! AFS Youth Workshop & Symposium

November 8, 2014  |  UNESCO Headquarters  |  Paris, France

AFS also sponsored the 100 Years Young! AFS Youth Workshop & Symposium as part of the AFS Centennial Celebrations. AFS believes that young people are critical partners and stakeholders in global citizenship education, as well as catalysts for positive change.  

100 Years Young! is a three-part project consisting of AFS Online Forums, a two-day AFS Workshop in Paris and the AFS Youth Symposium held on the morning of November 8th at UNESCO Headquarters.  The online and Paris workshops included more than 100 participants (30 years and under), representing 39 countries.  

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AFS Centennial Reception & Gala Dinner

November 8, 2014  |   Paris, France

Everyone was a star at the dazzling AFS Centennial Reception & Gala Dinner. Representing 57 countries around the globe, the AFS Global Community came out to celebrate our 100th Anniversary on a beautiful November evening in Paris. 

With Dato “Dale” Lokman taking reign as our Master of Ceremonies, the event was a night to remember. Festive attire or National Dress was the dress code and the Gala guests did not disappoint. 

Entertainment from the Battery Dance Company provided a dramatic start to the Gala, honoring traditional dances of eight countries. 

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