AFS - Greater Los Angeles is part of AFS-USA (afsusa.org) which is an international, non-profit organization that each year provides thousands of American high school students the opportunity to live and study in a foreign land. Just as important, each year thousands of American families share their home by hosting a high school age student from another country around the world for a school year or semester. With tens of thousands of volunteers worldwide, AFS is the leading international exchange program in the world! (AFS Fact Sheet)
Each year many students from our Los Angeles area study abroad on an AFS exchange. Also, each year a number of students, from many different countries around the globe come and live here for a semester or year to improve their English and learn about our American culture. During that time the students, their host families and friends are forever changed by their homestay in our area. Likewise, our students that study abroad are also changed by their homestay abroad.
In summary, opportunities in our the greater L.A. region exist in three primary areas:
50 Hours Walking / 108 miles / $8000 for AFS Greater Los Angeles
Local Scholarship Program
Barbara Hensleigh, Scholarships Coordinator
Thanksgiving wasn’t just turkey and dressing for Eric Norris. Eric was on a mission of thanks. Early that morning, Eric set out on a 50 hour walk. He started in Downtown Los Angeles and walked –yes walked—to Manhattan Beach. Eric walked 100,000 steps on turkey day. And then he turned around and walked to Pasadena! In 50 hours, Eric walked over 108 miles. He raised over $8000 for our local scholarships account!
As many of you know, AFS Greater Los Angeles sends students from low-income areas on life changing AFS experiences for a year, semester or summer. Our donors, volunteers and the students work hard to make this happen. We have raised more than $500,000 and helped send almost 90 local scholarship students. We could not do this without people like Eric.
NOTE: Eric’s donation link is still active. If you would like to express your gratitude through a donation, please go to www.crowdrise.com/50at50.