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.


The AFS experience has transformed the lives of millions of students, families and volunteers by connecting lives and sharing cultures. Working for a more just and peaceful world, AFS is a proud community of global citizens, a world leader in international exchange and a leading voice of intercultural learning.