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AFS-USA (formerly the American Field Service), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, has been a leader in international exchange for over 65 years. AFS-USA offers opportunities for intercultural experience through studying abroad, hosting a student, and volunteering in your local community. 

AFS is a worldwide network of independent, nonprofit organizations, each with a network of volunteers and a professionally staffed office. The network exchanges almost 13,000 individuals worldwide each year. Through AFS-USA, high school students and graduates from the US can study abroad for a summer, semester, year or short-term program on one of 120+ programs across the globe. 

Each year, AFS-USA hosts 2,300 international high school students who come to the US to live with host families, study in high schools, and participate in the local community. Families interested in hosting an exchange student in California or throughout the US can do so for a semester, year, or 6-12 weeks. 

To study abroad with AFS, email [email protected] or call 1-800-AFS-INFO 

To host an AFS exchange student, email [email protected] or call 1-800-AFS-INFO 

Local Contacts: 
Bay Area: Marika Strauss, [email protected] 
Monterey, Santa Cruz and the surrounding area: Evelyn Volpa, [email protected] 

Mission: AFS-USA works toward a more just and peaceful world by providing international and intercultural learning experiences to individuals, families, schools, and communities through a global volunteer partnership.