AnnuAl RepoRt 2007
for the 21st Century
Even years after our AFS experience, we recognize the growth that
we have achieved from it. My time in France inspired me to pursue a
degree in International Politics, and in today’s globalized world AFS
could not have prepared me better.
Jason Simmonds, B.A. Georgetown University
Candidate for Masters of Arts in International Affairs,
The Johns Hopkins University
U.S. to France, 1997
Forging a Path to
AFS Intercultural Programs has always been dedicated to building an appreciation for
diversity on a global scale. Our founders—ambulance drivers of the American Field
Service—were visionaries who paved a road toward peace. Their idea required a critical
and courageous transaction: bringing young people from different countries together, to
grow intellectually and emotionally, and to understand the common human experience.
Through the AFS vehicle of student exchange, Japanese and German high school
students were living with American families as youth ambassadors soon after World War
II. And AFS began forever redefining the meaning of ‘foreigner.’
We celebrated the 60th anniversary of AFS in a world driven by technology, transportation,
commerce, and communications. The information superhighway ensures that data, knowledge
tools, videos, and instant communications are accessible to us with lightning speed. A cell phone
call from Ghana to Singapore is not science fiction. A flight from New York to Tokyo takes less
than 14 hours. International borders of the 21st century are increasingly intertwined through
such advances, but the concepts and forethought of our AFS founders remain as valid today as
they were in 1947. We need, more than ever, to invest in enlightened future leaders who know
firsthand what it means to be citizens of the world.
Jason Simmonds of Queens, New York, is an AFS alumnus who offers a strong testimony to
this forward-thinking vision. In 1997, Jason received a need-based diversity scholarship for an
AFS summer program abroad. He later earned his Bachelor’s degree in International Politics
at Georgetown University and is now completing a Master’s degree in Bologna, Italy. Jason
describes his life beyond AFS as “a path of opportunities that happened because AFS gave me
The continued growth of AFS’s outreach is critical to help young people like Jason embrace the
personal transformations made possible through dialogue across cultures. The future of AFS
rests in the unique journeys that our participants—students, teachers, families, and volunteers—
will make during their AFS programs, and throughout their lives.
We invite you to read more about the story of AFS—the expedition that our organization and
participants make, and the giant leaps that the organization is poised to take in future years.
A. Piatt Andrew, AFS ambulance
As World War I begins, Inspector General drivers assist in
American Ambulance of the ambulance As World War II liberating the Nazi
1 1 1 1 1
9 Service is founded in 9 service, renames 9 Stephen Galatti 9 begins, AFS volunteer 9 concentration camp
1 Paris in conjunction with 1 it American Field 3 becomes Director 4 ambulance service is 4 at Bergen-Belsen,
4 the American Hospital. 7 Service. 6 General of AFS. 0 reactivated. 5 Germany.
1 World War I begins. 1 U.S. enters war. 1 Paris treaties end WWI. 1 World War II begins. 1 World 1 First
9 9 9 9 9 War II 9 electronic
1 1 1 3 4 ends. 4 computer
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It takes a courageous teenager to start off for a new country, use a
new language, and be a part of a new family and school. In the years
after the war, just a few hundred students per year were AFS participants.
My American Field Service compatriots never dreamed that AFS student
exchange would grow to be what it is today—with 13,000 participants
worldwide annually and nearly 400,000 alumni.
American Field Service Ambulance Driver and AFS Life Trustee
To Our Contributors, Colleagues, and Friends:
The ambulance drivers of the American Field Service pioneered a new cause in 1947—a
volunteer-driven movement towards peace that centered upon the interaction between
ordinary citizens of different cultures. AFS-USA continues to be bold in reach and
programs as we adapt and change to meet new global challenges 60 years later.
2008 is our first full year together as President and Chair of AFS-USA. We were both high
school exchange students—and understand firsthand the transformational experience
that remains at the heart of AFS exchange programs. In this annual report for 2007, we
are proud to highlight many of the ways AFS brings people together—alumni, students,
volunteers, educators, corporate and government leaders—to empower a corps of young
leaders who will answer the most pressing questions of our times.
AFS continues to show leadership where we can make the biggest impact—an effort in
2007 that helped ensure that more than 4,000 students could participate in programs to
and from the United States. We work with cutting-edge nonprofits and build partnerships
with schools across the nation to help young people reach their potential. And, with the
Department of State-sponsored Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program, we bring
hundreds of students from predominantly Muslim communities to live with American
families every year.
In all of these efforts, our students and alumni strengthen international ties as
ambassadors of peace and knowledge sharing; they learn new languages to encourage
intercultural awareness; and they gain invaluable life skills and perspectives that change
the trajectories of their careers. like colleges and universities, AFS relies on the support
of our sponsors—alumni, individuals, companies, and foundations—who help fuel the
global education and enrichment programs that are the hallmark of our organization. one
of our YES alumni, a young man from Turkey, put it best:
“Sometimes a bunch of kids can accomplish more than a country can achieve in decades.
We students started to remove the misconceptions and initiated a movement against
prejudice. We have taken a step for world peace.”
The Presidents of AFS Intercultural Programs
Stephen Galatti Stephen rhinesmith Stephen rhinesmith (Acting President) Margaret crotty
1947-1964 1972-1981 1987-1989 1996-1997 2007-present
Art Howe William M. Dyal, Jr. Ulric Haynes, Jr. Jennifer Froistad Alex J. Plinio
1965-1971 1981-1986 1986-1987 1990-1996 1997-2007
AFS-USA, Inc. formed
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Message from the President
and the Chair
In this annual report, AFS features alumni and world leaders who illustrate our impact.
Indeed, there are many more people we could have highlighted, including the host
families and volunteers whose daily acts of citizen diplomacy, generosity, and concern for
humankind propel the AFS mission forward.
2007 was a time of much transition. Alex J. Plinio completed his 10-year tenure as
president of AFS-USA, and we are grateful for his leadership during the past decade. The
former presidents of AFS—beginning with our founder Stephen Galatti—are the shoulders
on which we stand, and their dedication to the AFS mission forms the foundation upon
which we will build our future.
our mission is as critical and relevant today as it has ever been. Perhaps no one has
expressed this aim more poignantly than President John F. Kennedy in a 1963 address to
international AFS students:
“The effort that has been made to bring you to the U.S. has not been made merely to give
you an interesting year; it has been made because a judgment has been reached that
you will be among the future leaders of your country, that you carry with you a sense of
responsibility and commitment, and that when you go home you will not be a friend of the
U.S., but rather a friend of peace.”
While AFS adapts to a constantly changing world and our students face ever-expanding
challenges, President Kennedy’s words ring truer than ever. We are grateful to all of
you, our AFS family, for helping us broaden the path of opportunity for all those who are
committed to making a difference. Thank you for working with AFS so that together we
can build a generation of leaders for the 21st century.
Margaret crotty Kim ritrievi
President Board Chair
In my ten years with AFS-USA, I have seen the organization transform.
I am proud of AFS's impact and honored to be a part of this legacy of
global enrichment and intercultural learning.
Alex J. Plinio
AFS-USA President (1997-2007)
In the world of AFS, “leadership” is not just a concept—it’s the action
that we can take to help change the face of our communities. My
AFS experience in Egypt gave me perspectives about leadership that
Leadership continue to influence my life, work, and school.
Georgetown University student, School of Foreign Service
U.S. to Egypt (Arabic Language Study Program, 2006 and GL21, 2007)
Reaching New Horizons
Through intensive cultural immersion, AFS’s core high school exchange programs give
students the chance to gain international perspectives, learn new language and leadership
skills, and become citizens capable of thriving within a global marketplace.
Investment in dynamic youth leaders has been a long-standing priority for AFS, and our
signature Awards for Excellence merit scholarship helps students further their potential through
participating as youth ambassadors abroad. Finalists are selected based on demonstrated
academic achievements, service to their communities, and leadership abilities. In ten years, over
1,000 students have benefited from Awards for Excellence honors; in 2007 alone, 120 students
received awards that enabled them to participate in AFS exchanges to 40 different countries.
These young people follow in the footsteps of thousands of alumni who credit AFS as a defining
moment in their lives and a stepping stone in their careers in business and commerce, diplomacy,
education, arts and culture, and many other fields. AFS alumni include over 60 current
Ambassadors, as well as these remarkable individuals:
Nicholas Fitzhugh (U.S. to Italy, 1998): The Glimpse Foundation was conceived by Fitzhugh,
its President and Publisher, as a response to a new approach in international journalism. Now
merged with the National Geographic Society, Glimpse fosters cross-cultural understanding by
providing forums for sharing the experiences of young adults living and studying abroad.
Andrea Jung (U.S. to Norway, 1974): After earning her B.A. from Princeton University, Jung
went on to work with the leading fashion and cosmetic retailers of our time. In 1999, Jung
became President and ceo of Avon Products, Inc., where she has revamped the business
model and image of the Fortune 500 company.
Alan M. Poul (U.S. to Japan, 1971): Producer Alan Poul is a veteran of both motion pictures and
television. over his career, he has received an emmy Award®, a Golden Globe®, a Producer’s
Guild Award, four GLAAD Awards, and three Peabody Awards. His production credits include:
Six Feet Under; Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City, and My So Called Life.
Catherine “Cady” Coleman, Ph.D. (U.S. to Norway, 1979): Dr. Coleman is a NASA Astronaut
who has taken two missions into space, once as part of the team that repaired the Hubble Space
Telescope lens. On AFS, she reflects: “At NASA, we have a very international team, and all of
those skills I first started learning in Norway are vital.”
AFS events 1940s: 13 AFS countries
High school in elkhart, Indiana,
1 1 1
9 AFS International 9 9 establishes prototype for community
4 Scholarships 4 52 students participate in 4 sponsorship of AFS student
6 established. 7 first AFS exchanges. 9 exchanges.
1 United Nations 1 India and Pakistan win 1 State of Israel established. 1 Beginning of the cold War.
9 founded. 9 independence from Britain. 9 communist takeover in eastern 9
4 4 First super-sonic flight in the U.S. 4 european states. Ghandi 4
5 7 8 9
assassinated in India.
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I have much perspective about the value of AFS programs within a
21st century dynamic. Departments of Education should take notice
of the incredible work that AFS does through study abroad, especially
in countries where American students are learning Arabic, Chinese,
Education Indic, and Turkic languages.
Dr. Vishaka Desai
President, The Asia Society
India to U.S., 1967-1968
The AFS Global Classroom
With over 100,000 public and private schools (K-12) in the United States, AFS sees
enormous opportunity to open classroom doors to the wider world. The AFS global
education framework enables schools, teachers, and administrators across the country to
benefit from AFS’s unique intercultural learning and global enrichment.
The AFS Global Educators Program was founded because today’s teachers inspire tomorrow’s
leaders. In order to help young people think globally, we must lift learning out of the textbook
and bring the global village to life. Through this program, schools across America celebrate and
embrace the diversity of the world by welcoming international educators into their classrooms.
Visiting teachers enliven and enrich curricula and open a window on the world to a spectrum of
subjects, from fine arts and mathematics to geography and foreign language.
For three decades, AFS has included Global educators in its intercultural education offerings
and has involved over 2,000 teachers from the United States, Asia, europe, latin America, and
the Middle east. These teachers offer dynamic intercultural resources to their host schools and
communities and expose young people to new ideas, knowledge, and ways of life.
The AFS Global Leadership Exchange for Administrators and Principals (Global LEAP),
launched in 2007, widens the impact of our traditional educators program. Through this
effort, school administrators and leaders in curricular development from ecuador, Bolivia, and
Venezuela participated in intensive 3-week exchanges to the United States. They partnered
with American educators to learn about pedagogy and curriculum development, focusing on
technology integration, strategies for linking schools to the community, and management styles
for effective organizational development. The Global leAP program pilot, sponsored by the U.S.
Department of State, took place in Boise, Idaho. AFS was proud to partner with the Idaho Human
rights education center and civitas International Programs, an initiative of the U.S. Department
of education’s center for civic education.
Marleny Rodriguez from Venezuela shared the impact of her Global LEAP learning experience:
“one of the problems in latin America is the lack of citizens’ knowledge of rights and duties
to transform toward a just society. The AFS Global leAP program and our work with civitas
provided tools to help educators deepen community ties. We’re actively using this knowledge to
build curricular content that empowers students and teachers to work in partnership to respond to
pressing problems that help our community and our world.”
AFS events 1950s: 30 AFS countries
The first final meeting of students
on their way home from their
exchange experience is held at
1 1 1
Dobbs Ferry, New York. The event
9 9 9 over 1,600 students
5 Americans Abroad 5 is later renamed Departure Day or 5 participate in year-long
0 program established. 4 “D-Day.” 9 programs abroad.
1 Korean War 1 The Day the Earth Stood Still hits 1 Geneva agreement 1 civil war breaks out
9 begins. 9 movie theaters launching a cycle 9 divides Vietnam in half. 9 in Vietnam. Soviet
5 5 of Hollywood films in which Cold 5 5 launching of Sputnik.
0 1 4 7
War fears are manifested through
scenarios of alien invasion.
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On my AFS program, I learned something deeper, something about
Civil what makes all of us unique and different, yet fundamentally the
same. All of this was eye-opening to me and made me start thinking
about what I wanted to do in the world.
Society Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad
Permanent U.S. Representative to the United Nations
Afghanistan to U.S., 1966-1967
A Movement Towards Peace
The AFS mission is rooted in the belief that intercultural connections are at the heart of
fostering a civil society, and AFS participants breathe life into this movement towards
peace. In this 60th anniversary year, AFS offered many opportunities for alumni,
volunteers, and friends to champion the cause. In the many anniversary events and
symposia, AFS convened world leaders, educators, and citizens for a dialogue about—and
a celebration of—the role of AFS in furthering peace in the world.
on october 27, 2007, AFS hosted the World Peace Forum, a community education event
exploring the impact AFS programs make across the international sectors of diplomacy,
technology, religion, volunteerism, and education. Hundreds of people from the U.S. and around
the world attended the all-day event at columbia University, voicing their support for seeking
peaceful solutions to today’s global challenges. Featured guests included: Tadatoshi Akiba,
Mayor of Hiroshima; Ken Burns, documentary filmmaker and producer (The War); Matthew
Flaherty, founder of Kiva; Imam Arafat, founder of civilizations exchange and cooperation
Foundation; and Nicolas de Torrente, executive Director of Doctors without Borders.
Also in the fall of 2007, AFS-USA and AFS-egypt partnered with the U.S. Department of State
to convene the Global Youth Leadership in the 21st Century Program (GL21). This initiative
brought together American young people and alumni of the Youth Exchange and Study (YES)
program from Algeria, egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, lebanon, Morocco, Palenstine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia,
Syria, and Yemen for an intensive conference about community service and cultural heritage
preservation. The project culminated in an invitation from egypt’s First lady, Her excellency
Suzanne Mubarak, to take part in the international youth forum, Youth Speak, We Listen.
The 6th Annual AFS-USA Gala, Honoring the Journey, was a truly international affair with more
than 300 guests from more than 50 countries. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. Permanent
Representative to the United Nations (AFS alumnus, Afghanistan to the U.S.), presided as the
keynote speaker. The event honored AFSer Dinyar S. Divitre, Senior Vice President and chief
Financial Officer, Altria Group, Inc. (India to U.S.), and Michael J. Scully, AFS Life Trustee and
WWII Ambulance Driver.
In 2007, AFS also launched a Worldwide Petition for Peace at the Nobel Peace center in oslo,
Norway to ask leaders of the world for their support in expanding youth exchange programs.
over 100 organizations partnered to unite communities worldwide in furthering the AFS mission
of peace, including: National Peace Corps Association, NAFSA Association of International
educators, china Institute, Sister cities International, Asia Society, ieArN, and Save the
children. Nearly 400,000 citizens signed the petition to be delivered to the United Nations in
AFS events 1960s: 34 AFS countries
AFSers meet AFS celebrates the enrollment AFS initiates its educators
1 1 1
9 President 9 of its 10,000th Americans 9 Program with china through
6 Kennedy. 6 Abroad student. Stephen 6 which chinese teachers
3 4 Galatti dies. 8 travel to the United States.
1 Peace corps founded. 1 Martin luther 1 U.S. civil 1 Beginning 1 Assassination of 1 Neil Armstrong of
9 east Germans build Berlin 9 King, Jr. “I Have A 9 rights Bill. 9 of cultural 9 Dr. Martin luther 9 U.S. is first man on
6 Wall. South Africa becomes 6 Dream” speech. 6 6 revolution in 6 King, Jr. 6 moon.
1 3 4 5 8 9
independent. USSr sends china.
first man into space.
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My AFS soccer camp volunteer program in Paraguay gave me a new
perspective about the world. This experience helped me realize
how important it is for me to be a good role model to students
everywhere—no matter what language they speak, or how much money
their family makes, or what neighborhood they live in.
U.S. to Paraguay, 2007
Exploring the World
For decades, AFS has worked to bridge opportunity gaps and build inclusion within our
programs. Over the past ten years alone, we have made significant strides in widening
the reach of our Americans Abroad program, and now more than 20% of our outbound
participants represent socio-economic, racial, and cultural diversity. Our aim is to further
grow this reach, and the AFS Faces of America Program was piloted in 2007 to launch this
scholarship and leadership development initiative.
Faces of America comprises a national partnership of youth organizations that work to ensure
tomorrow’s leaders come from diverse backgrounds and communities and to equip young people
with the knowledge and experience to excel in college and beyond. AFS partnered with nationally
recognized nonprofits dedicated to empowering high-potential, low-income students of color:
Bardoli Global, chess-in-the-Schools, Diversity Abroad, eagle Academy, link Unlimited, one
World Now, Sponsors for educational opportunity, and Summer Search Foundation.
Through Faces of America, we provide a holistic global education experience that begins with
local mentoring and educational enrichment before the students go on their study abroad
programs. When they return to the United States, the Faces of America scholars take advantage
of mentoring, internships, and active volunteer service. All these efforts focus on setting and
keeping students on a college-bound track and preparing them to excel in a global marketplace.
Arturo Ayala, a 17-year-old Latino from KIPP Houston High School, was in the first class of
Faces of America Scholars. In summer 2007, Arturo traveled to Paraguay where he taught at
a soccer camp, working with inner-city students as part of an AFS community service program.
While abroad, Arturo worked alongside two of his KIPP peers on a Bardoli Global Social
Venture Project. These projects are specially designed so that our students use their service
learning experiences as a training ground for developing entrepreneurial projects benefiting their
After his AFS program, Arturo and his team participated in a week-long leadership Academy with
Bardoli Global to create infrastructure for their volunteer project at KIPP SHINe college Prep—an
early education and elementary charter school. During the following semester, the team led
seminars focused on helping elementary school students learn how to deal with conflict and set
goals for the future. For Arturo, his experiences of working with inner-city students in Paraguay
were the impetus for this volunteer venture. “When I talk about AFS with younger students, I
can’t help but use the soccer ball as an image of the world,” he says. “At least for me, it opened
up a new world.”
AFS events 1970s: 37 AFS countries
AFS enrolls its
First World congress is held at lake 50,000th Year
1 1 1
9 Mohonk, New York. In the 25th year 9 Domestic 9 Program student
7 of AFS International Scholarships, the 7 Program is 7 to the United
1 Multinational Program is initiated. 2 initiated. 6 States.
1 china joins United Nations. 1 Secret U.S.-Vietnam 1 Karol Wojtyla, cardinal-
9 U.S. initiates policy of détente 9 peace talks in Paris pave 9 Archbishop of cracow, Poland,
7 with china and USSr. 7 way for U.S. withdrawal 7 is elected Pope, first non-Italian
1 2 8
from Vietnam the since 1522.
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AFS is a paragon among humanitarian institutions. Every day, this
outstanding organization contributes, in very significant and practical
ways, to our progress on the road toward international solidarity,
Finances understanding, knowledge, and natural cooperation.
Cesar Gaviria, Latin American Statesman
President of Colombia, 1990-1994
Colombia to U.S., 1963-1964
cash and equivalents $ 1,483,222
Accounts and other receivables 130,366
contributions and government grants receivable 12,530,943
Prepaid expenses and other assets 218,006
Property and equipment 1,979,177
Beneficial interest in perpetual trusts 998,700
ToTAl ASSeTS $23,652,797
Accounts payable and accrued expenses $ 3,557,100
Deposits received in advance applicable
to subsequent year’s programs 1,562,851
liability under charitable remainder trust 51,156
line of credit outstanding 250,000
Funds held on behalf of Participating chapters 1,343,942
ToTAl lIABIlITIeS $ 6,765,049
General Unrestricted $ 964,725
Board Designated Funds Unrestricted 544,530
Temporarily restricted 10,950,952
Permanently restricted 4,427,541
ToTAl NeT ASSeTS $16,887,748
ToTAl lIABIlITIeS AND NeT ASSeTS $23,652,797
Where U.S. Participants traveled to in 2007 Where AFS Participants came from in 2007
7% Africa/Middle east
2% Africa/Middle east
34% The Americas
17% The Americas
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Statement of Activities
Program Revenues (Net Scholarships) $18,482,748
contributions received 13,997,493
Interest and dividends 361,606
ToTAl reVeNUeS $33,257,533
Sending and hosting programs $22,288,947
Volunteer activities 2,201,035
Management and general 3,483,016
ToTAl eXPeNSeS $30,155,373
OPERATING SURPLUS (DEFICIT) $ 3,102,160
Non-recurring expenses $ (300,465)
change in the value of trusts
and investments 38,839
Effect of accounting change (30,147)
cHANGe IN NeT ASSeTS $ 2,810,387
Homestay: 916 h ool Homestay: 273
Language Studies: 196 Sc Service Learning: 156
University: 7 Volunteers: 38
Americans Abroad in 2007 by Program Type
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A mission shared by UNICEF and AFS at this crossroads in the world is
to stem the tide of Americans who would lower their eyes from the
problems of the world-at-large to only the soil on which they stand.
Impact The brand of relief AFS supplies is relief from narrow-mindedness and
Journalist and Author
$100,000+ Dewitt Wallace/Youth Travel The Speedwell Foundation/Jenny
enrichment Fund of the and Michael Messner
Bardoli Global New York Community Trust Summer Search Foundation
cargill carson and Joseph Gleberman United States Department of State,
estate of Francois A. clarens oneWorld Now! Bureau of educational and cultural
$25,000 - $99,999 Ford Motor company Fund Picasso Travel
Hawley central california AFS Dale l. Ponikvar
Altria Group, Inc. endowment Fund Kimberly ritrievi and Darryn
Annette Kade Fund Drs. eleanor and Harry Hetz Tilden
The capital Group companies, Gail M. Inaba Andrea and Kenan Sahin
Inc. Inner-city Scholarship Fund Jonathan J. Shakes
Dinyar S. Devitre The Israelson Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Maximilian D. Stone
Naomi r. Driver Katherine S. Kaufmann Sundar Subramaniam
eagle Academy Foundation link Unlimited, Inc. Travelzoo Foundation
Fidelity charitable Gift Fund Florence H. Norton Victoria Foundation
candace and Bert Forbes erinch r. ozada Susan S. and Kenneth l. Wallach
$10,000 - $24,999 Bernice V. Horst The roy A. Hunt Foundation
The Hull Family Foundation Mary B. ruhl
The Abington Foundation richard and Priscilla Hunt The Samuel l. Westerman
AFS International Independent charities of America Foundation
ross D. Ain W. Wilson Jones Michael J. Scully
American Turkish Society The linden Foundation Mike Sherman
BlueScope Steel linda B. McKean Sponsors for educational
centerview Partners William G. Meserve opportunity
chess-In-The-Schools Metlife Foundation cathleen Uhl Stock and Keith
Dorothy and lewis B. cullman Kelly A. Moylan Stock
lBc Foundation New York City Fire Department Sutherland, Asbil & Brennan
Dr. c. Todd cunningham Foundation Toshiyuki Tanaka/American
Daimlerchrysler corporation Fund Peregrine capital Management embassy Scholarship Fund
David K. Ford Inc. Fund of The Minneapolis TrUMPF, Inc.
Jack Forté Foundation Foundation craig l. Wilson
Goldman, Sachs & co. Michael Plouf and Toni robinson Anonymous
David Graves/Saintsbury The Prudential Foundation
The Guardian Weekly, Guardian linda S. and Herald l. ritch
Monthly & Money observer ritz-carlton Istanbul
Have It Your Way Foundation Maureen and Mark rossi
AFS events 1980s: 42 AFS countries
AFS President rhinesmith
1 1 1
9 AFS enrolls 50,000th 9 works on program for former 9 AFS receives United Nations
8 Americans Abroad 8 Warsaw Pact countries at 8 Testimony for dedicated
3 student. 7 request of President reagan. 9 service to youth.
1 Public becomes aware of 1 Indira Ghandi is 1 Gorbachev 1 Palestinian uprising in Gaza 1 Berlin Wall is
9 AIDS with first published 9 assassinated. 9 governs USSr. 9 spreads to West Bank. 9 dismantled.
8 report by cDc. 8 8 8 8
1 4 6 7 9
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$1,000 - $9,999 Donald G. calder robert W. Downing
Woodrow W. campbell Mr. and Mrs. John Dubinsky
Janice M. Abraham Mr. and Mrs. John B. canning carol A. Dunahoo
James Abruzzo caroline J. Sanders charitable Michael B. edwards
William Ackman Trust Mr. and Mrs. Anders ekernas
Acorn Alcinda Foundation, Inc. Till and ron cartwright Mr. and Mrs. Stanley G. ellis
Dr. cynthia c. Amitin Mr. and Mrs. Frank P. carvey, Jr. Peter M. Fannon
John and Myra Anderson Mr. and Mrs. richard P. case elsie Fariss
richard c. Anderson caterpillar Foundation Michael Fascitelli
Melinda and Walter Andrews laurent J. chaix Mr. and Mrs. cole M. Fauver
Melanie Thomas Armstrong Ward B. chamberlin, Jr. randolph H. and Susan J. Fields
Art and Martha Kaemmer Fund of Barbara charles and robert emily H. Fisher
the HrK Foundation Staples lillian W. Fisher
estate of Thomas Barbour citigroup Heidi Francke
Katherine M. Basile Bayard D. clarkson, MD The Frank Pace, Jr. Foundation
Anwyl Bates Martha B. clifford Inc.
The estate of D. lane Bates Dr. and Mrs. Augustus B. Mr. and Mrs. richard A. Friedman
Mark e. Beck cochran III Ann l. Furr
eric D. Becker colgate-Palmolive company Marie l. Gaillard
Stephen r. Beckwith college Track Gannett Foundation, Inc.
Darrell W. Behnke Heidi H. conant Mr. and Mrs. Nelson F. Gibbs, Jr.
Thomas c. Benet Andrew J. connick Dr. Monroe Allen Gilbert
Dr. Janet M. Bennett costco Wholesale corporation Betty Dancey Godard
Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Bicket credit Suisse Securities Donald J. Gogel
Penelope and John Biggs (USA) LLC crawford Gordon
Alfred Blessing Dr. Kathryn D. crossland The Greater cincinnati Foundation
Anne and James Bodnar Margaret M. crotty Greater Saint louis community
Mr. and Mrs. Jan P. Bojö Henry S. D’Auria Foundation
c. Hunter and Pamela T. Boll randall Davis Dr. Alberto Grignolo
robert B. Bottomley Stephen c. Dawson Janet M. Grout
Dr. and Mrs. charles r. Bowlus Deborah J. de la reguera rahiema B. Guerra
Peggy M. Boyles Karin and George de riszner Dr. Katherine and richard A.
Martha and Walter Brethauer Drs. charles De Sieyes and Hackett
Jill M. Brethauer and David A. carol Ward elaine Hadden
Samuel Judith M. Dean Dr. Mary Ann loFrumento and
Mr. and Mrs. William F. Brock Jane DeBevoise John J. Hallacy III
robert T. Brown Jill Dinwiddie and Bernard Hardenbergh Foundation
Doris T. Brown Hargadon Mr. and Mrs. Norman W. Harris III
Mr. and Mrs. Kirk Browning reverend James K. Donnell Geoffrey M. Harris
Virginia V. Burgess Amy Jo Dowd Dr. and Mrs. edwin Harrison
During an AFS year, you learn to love people and listen to them. You
learn resilience and determination. You discover your own potential.
Olympic Gold Medalist, 1992
Spain to U.S., 1983-1984
AFS is helping to spread the real concept of American democracy
throughout the world and to create a true international understanding
People of our country.
President Eisenhower address to AFS students
Columbia University, July 1948
Valerie Haskell and Jenni Stolarski Suzanne D. Kellar Scott A. Miller
richard W. Hausler Dr. Amy S. Kelley Jean H. Milton
Sharon P. Haverstock Mr. and Mrs. leo Kelly Minds Matter
Walter H. Haydock Dr. and Mrs. Neil Kesselman The Minnesota community
ruth H. Heespelink Jan Kleinman and Fadil Santosa Foundation
H. Jed Hepworth and lee Dr. Jeltje A. Koumans loretta Mockler
Schubert Kraft Foods Inc. Morgan Stanley Foundation
Katherine A. Herbermann robert M. Kramer S. A. Morton-Dimes
elisabeth Hilbink James laden lucia Mouat
Professor Geoffrey A. Hirt Patricia l. landers and John G. Mount Hebron High School
Dr. robert D. Hoffman olson International club
Gertrude D. Houghton language & culture Worldwide, Karlheinz Muhr
Arthur Howe Jr. llc Abigail S. Muraskin
Margaret Pomeroy Hunt Thomas J. le Blanc The Namaste Foundation, Inc.
Mr. and Mrs. richard Hunter elizabeth leatham christopher and Joyce Nelson
Bruce e. Hunter Wendy lee and e. K. easton Stephen c. Nichols
Scott r. Hunter ragsdale Vigo G. Nielsen, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth H. Hunter Brenda Grad levy NIKe
Mary K. Husby Mr. and Mrs. Stephen e. lewis eileen o’leary
Suzan M. Hutton and Hiro Dr. and Mrs. Alan lockwood Don S. olexa, Jr.
Yoshihara ramon and Nancy lopez Mr. and Mrs. chet opalka
Shelly A. Immel Helen lowman B. Waring Partridge
Shelley c. Inglis robert ludwig Mr. and Mrs. Harold e. Pennington
Mr. and Mrs. Gary N. Jacobs Dr. D. russell lyman George W. Perkins, Jr.
Michael Jakob Karen l. Madson Mr. and Mrs. Andrew l. Perlmutter
The James A. Macdonald Maine community Foundation Dr. and Mrs. lloyd J. Peterson
Foundation Thomas Malloy and Kathleen Nancy A. Petranto
John Hancock Financial Services, Bennett Mr. and Mrs. Burton
Inc. William r. H. Martin Pickard-richardson
Brooke H. Johnson Mastercard International Mr. and Mrs. Alex J. Plinio
Suzanne N. Johnson Barbara Strasen Mathews Andrew and Sally ellis Quale
Adrian Jones MBIA Foundation Inc. Dr. William B. Quandt
Jones Day Brian S. McAuliffe Mr. and Mrs. A. laurence ralph
Todd M. Joseph William chichester Mcclean III Mr. and Mrs. robert H. ray
robert A. Kandel Mr. and Mrs. Sanford N. Doris reuling
Professor Bernard H. Kastory McDonnell eleanor M. revelle
Stuart Katz and Dr. Jane Martin Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. McDowell Jane M. rex
Sandra Kaye Mr. and Mrs. Paul F. Mclaughlin Dr. and Mrs. Stephen H.
Mr. and Mrs. Michael l. Keiser Thomas G. Mendell rhinesmith
Ambassador Kenton W. Keith Meridian International center Fredrica and J. Steven rice
Sharon A. Keith MGM Mirage Kathryn riddell
AFS events AFS pilots Future 1990s: 52 AFS countries
1 1 exchanges from former 1 1
9 9 9 AFS establishes a 9
9 AFS celebrates its 9 Soviet Union to the 9 home page on the 9 Year Program exchanges are
2 200,000th student. 3 U.S. 5 World Wide Web. 7 initiated from china.
1 Gulf War breaks out. Formal 1 civil war erupts 1 AFS alumna Dr. cady 1 NATo and UN
9 end to apartheid in South 9 in Bosnia- 9 coleman takes mission into 9 peacekeepers restore
9 Africa. Germany is reunited. 9 Herzegovina. 9 space on columbia Shuttle 9 calm to Bosnia.
0 2 5 6
(carrying with her the flag of
AFS and the flag of Norway).
Political and cultural events
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Mr. and Mrs. charles l. ritchie, Jr. Sandra W. Sweeney Iris Witkowsky
robert W. and Gladys S. Meserve Deborah and Xavier Sztejnberg Dr. cynthia A. Wong and lawrence
charitable Trust John c. Taylor III A. rosenzweig
Peter M. and Kristin S. robinson Paula A. Taylor Blaikie and Bob Worth
elizabeth G. robinson John l. Teeger Mr. and Mrs. loren Wyss
Thomas A. rogers elizabeth and Martin Terplan Peter J. Yackel
David and Susan Gardner rowley leslie and William Thompson Charles F. Yeiser and Ruth
John A. rupp Tozer Foundation Inc. einstein
Judith F. Samuelson Mr. and Mrs. David V. Uihlein, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Richard W. York
Saul and Mary Sanders ellen Van Dorsten Muge Yuzuak
carlos J. Sandoval Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Van Dyke Ms. and Mr. Wendy N.
Dr. roby B. Sawyers John Taylor Van Horne Zimmermann
Anna and Jeffrey Schaider Polly and Floyd Van Weelden catherine Zusy
Mr. and Mrs. charles W. carolyn and richard Veith Anonymous (6)
Schellhorn Tanios e. Viviani
Michael and Jan Schiff Michael J. Walker
Mr. and Mrs. John H. Karen e. Waller
Schmertmann The Walt Disney company
James W. Schroeder Paula M. Wardynski
Kenneth M. Schubert Jeanne and Jack Wasbro
Andrea N. Sehl Mary e. Weinmann
Dr. edward Seldin Mitch Weisburgh
robin and Phil Semas Bonnie A. Welch
Kathryn G. Sharber Wellpoint Associate Giving
Julia r. Sharpe campaign
George Shenk and Georgia lee Mr. and Mrs. James Wells
Katsu Shintani William A. Wernecke, Jr.
Maria and John Shuck Amber c. Wessels
Frank V. Sica Jill and Thomas Wheeler
lisa Siciliani Adrienne White-Faines and larry
John Skillman Faines
Isabel H. Sloane claudie e. Williams
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey H. Smith Janet c. Williams
Heidi r. Steinberg J. David Willson
carl W. Stern, Jr. and Holly Hayes James l. Wilson
Fredericka and Howard Stevenson Mr. and Mrs. John H. T. Wilson
cynthia r. Stites and Donald l. Patrick Windham and Arati
Michael F. Stoer John W. Windhorst, Jr.
James M. Sulzer Anne A. Witkowsky
To quote Friar Lorenzo from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, “There is
a world outside Verona.” AFS helped me to discover the world—and
still at my age it inspires me.
President Emeritus, United Nations General Assembly
Sweden to U.S., 1957-1958
I feel fortunate that the Travelzoo Foundation is helping me realize my
dream of exploring the world. From the moment I learned about my
AFS scholarship, I knew that my life would change forever!
Faces of America Scholarship Winner
U.S. to Costa Rica, 2008
Photo: Margot Duane / www.planetmargot.com
Stephen Galatti Heritage Society
Members of the Stephen Galatti Heritage Society make planned gifts in memory of Stephen Galatti, the
founder of AFS Intercultural Programs.
Mr. and Mrs. John r. Austin M. Allen Gilbert, Driver, in christopher B. Nelson
John M. Bacon honor of his wife, Dr. Sarah Mr. and Mrs. Wendell l.
Fred Balderston Tuccelli Gilbert Nichols
Kathryn S. Baltes robinson T. Gilbert Marilyn Niebergall
Anwyl Bates Gilbert W. Glass Florence H. Norton
James W. Bennett carson and Joseph Gleberman candie oldham
Martha and Walter Brethauer crawford Gordon Virginia campbell Patterson
Jacqueline c. Brown Helmuth e. Graeser russell F. Peppett
Monica Hyman Bullock Alberto Grignolo Dr. and Mrs. Stephen H.
luke Burnham larry Gulberg Petersen
Michael F. Butler Steven c. Hall Dr. and Mrs. lloyd J. Peterson
Ward B. chamberlin, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Norman W. carol and Thane Pressman
Francoise clarens Harris III William B. Quandt
Bayard clarkson Nora Vitz Harrison Stephen H. rhinesmith
Mr. and Mrs. Frank M. cleary Grant Herman Mr. and Mrs. charles l. ritchie,
B. Allen clutter Vivien Hoexter Jr.
Holly and Jock cobb Barbara Hoffstein Kimberly e. ritrievi
Doris M. cohen Gertrude D. Houghton Jean P. ross
roger e. conklin Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Howe, Jr. David and Susan Gardner
Gregg cook and Victor rosario richard M. Hunt rowley
Kimberly crichton Mary K. Husby Jonathan Shakes
John P. curtis Marlou Imes Norman Shethar
Nancy G. Dellmuth c. Paul Johnson Michael l. Silhol
James H. Delman, esq. Marlene M. Johnson richard c. Sinclair
louise W. Devine Katherine Stone Kaufmann Betty Shaeffer Skov
Thomas Dolan IV Gladys Vig Kempe carolyn and Arthur Spengler
conrad J. eberstein carolyn l. Kortge c.B. Squire
Ailsa and Jurgen eckel Nancy and loren Kuehne Betty Steele
Norman c. eddy Sachiye Mizuki Kuwamoto cathleen and Keith Stock
licia S. edwards and Mr. and Mrs. Jonas P. littman Adele and Norman Taylor
charles P. edwards Mr. and Mrs. John S. ludwick, Bud Taylor
William e. ehlert Jr. Doris M. Terrano
Karin eisele edwin r. Masback, Jr. Stephanie c. Van D’elden
Gertrude and ralph Findley rufus Mathewson Mary Von Briesen
David K. Ford Betty ehlert McManus Jeptha H. Wade
John H. Forté Barbara Baldwin Miller Francis W. Warren, Jr.
Jennifer Froistad loretta Mockler Jeanne and Jack Wasbro
Nancy Fuller and John Micek Susan W. and William o. Donald H. Wilson III
Ann longwell Furr Morris linda K. Woolston
David W. Gifford S.A. Morton-Dimes Blaikie and Bob Worth
Kelly A. Moylan
AFS helped me open my eyes to a different world, to
understand that no matter the nationality, race, cultural, or
gender differences, the world is full of great people wanting to
make a contribution to others.
Business Unit Leader, Cargill Sweetness Solutions
Argentina to U.S., 1979-80
Every time I have to step in front of a group of people to speak about
Frontline, or every time I have to think hard about some issue that I
care about, somehow my AFS experience comes back to me.
World David Fanning
Executive Producer and Creator, Frontline (PBS)
South Africa to U.S., 1964-1965
AFS Organizations and Programs
AFS Partner Program Activity in Other Countries
AFS events 2000s: 65 AFS countries
AFS Summer YES Program exchanges
2 2 2
0 Team Mission in 0 to U.S. from countries 0 AFS celebrates 60th Anniversary.
0 Saudi Arabia for 20 0 with significant Muslim 0 Margaret crotty succeeds Alex J. Plinio as
2 American students. 3 populations begins. 7 President of AFS-USA.
2 camp David peace 2 September 11th terrorist 2 Iraq War 2 AFS alumnus, Dr. Zalmay Khalilzad, appointed U.S.
0 summit between Palestine 0 attacks. 0 begins. 0 Ambassador to Iraq. Saudi Arabia holds first-ever
0 and Israel. 0 0 0 municipal elections.
0 1 3 5
Political and cultural events
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Board of Directors
Kimberly ritrievi Mark rossi
(Finland, 1975) cornerstone equity Investors, llc
Gail Inaba Susan rowley
JPMorgan chase Northern Indiana cancer research
Janet Bennett (Denmark, 1960)
The Intercultural communications
Institute carlos Sandoval
(Germany, 1961) camino Bluff Productions, Inc.
carson Gleberman Jeffrey Schaider
(Switzerland, 1976) cook county Hospital
(Argentina, 1962) Jonathan Shakes
Katherine Stone Kaufmann
(Pakistan, 1962) Mike Sherman
Kenton W. Keith (Turkey, 1974)
Meridian International center
Jenny K. Messner cellexchange Inc.
Kelly A. Moylan (Turkey, 1963)
Talamore Group, llc
(France, 1972) Adrienne e. White
American cancer Society – Illinois
christopher B. Nelson Division
St. John's college (Kenya, 1977)
erinch r. ozada
(Turkey to U.S., 1975)
Every decade has demonstrated that there is a new generation
of AFS on the horizon—a new international dynamic in which our
organization will flourish. This is the future of AFS: creating leaders
who can respond to an ever-evolving world.
AFS-USA Board Chair
U.S. to Finland, 1975
Working towards a
more just and peaceful
world by providing
one Whitehall Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10004
1 (800) 876-2376
www.afs.org/usa students, families,
a global volunteer
AFS Intercultural Programs/USA has been leading international high school exchange for more
than 60 years. Through intensive cultural immersion, language study, and community service,
our programs help young people, teachers, and families achieve their potential.
our mission represents a community of global thinkers—caring volunteers, corporations,
foundations, and schools—working together to realize a common vision: to prepare tomorrow’s
leaders to excel in our modern, interconnected world. our alumni are a testament to the
learning, growth, awareness, and opportunity that come through being courageous enough to
leave the familiar of one’s own community for a year, semester, or summer—and experience
the world as AFS youth ambassadors.