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:
50-50 Walk-Fundraiser This Thanksgiving
This coming Thanksgiving Weekend, GLA AFS volunteer, Eric Norris, is going to walk for 50 hours to celebrate his 50th birthday and raise money for our local AFS Los Angeles Scholarship Program. Watch Eric's video above for information about his challenge. Please join us in raising funds for our local students needing financial support.