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About AFS

AFS Intercultural Programs (formely the

American Field Service) is a worldwide,
nonprofit organization that has been leading
student exchange for more than 55 years. AFS
was founded by volunteer ambulance drivers
who survived World War I and II. They believed
—as AFS believes today—that the way to build a
more just and peaceful world begins when
people from different countries and cultures
meet, learn together, and better understand one another. The drivers sought to promote
international understanding and peace through student exchanges. In 1947, AFS exchanged 52
young people from 11 countries formerly at war.

Today, AFS exchanges more than 11,000 students each year among a partnership of
more than 50 AFS Partner Countries. There are more than 300,000 individuals who have studied
abroad with AFS. AFS Returnees live in more than 100 countries around the world. AFS is one of
the largest volunteer-based organizations of its kind in the world with 100,000 volunteers
worldwide and more than 8,000 in the U.S.

Statement of Purpose
AFS is an international, voluntary, non-governmental, non-profit organization that
provides intercultural learning opportunities to help people develop the knowledge, skills and
understanding needed to create a more just and peaceful world.
AFS Vision for 2020
We pursue our mission by providing quality intercultural learning opportunities for a
growing number of young people, families, other stakeholders and wider audiences, thus
developing an inclusive community of global citizens determined to build bridges between
cultures. Real life experiential learning, supported by structured reflection, is the core of our
programs. We endeavor to link our intercultural learning opportunities to the defining global
issues facing humanity. We reach out to past, current and future participants, volunteers, and
other stakeholders using the media and technology they use.

Volunteers and volunteerism are who we are. Our organization brings about changes in
lives through and for our global community of volunteers.We are recognized as an educational
organization by schools and the appropriate authorities. We work to create a regulatory
environment that supports our programs.As a learning organization, we welcome change and
critical thinking. We are innovative and entrepreneurial in advancing the strategic directions,
working together with others whenever appropriate.

About AFS Yayasan Antarabudaya Malaysia

Each year, AFS Yayasan Antarabudaya Malaysia sends more than 200 exchange students abroad
for year, semester and short term programs (including programs that focus on language study
and community service), and welcomes more than 100 exchange students from other countries
to Malaysia.

While in Malaysia, students study in local high schools and live with host families to learn what
it is like to live as a member of a family and community within our country.

AFS impact can be seen through the success of the former AFS participants. Many have
achieved careers as diplomats, educators, business executives and involved members of their
communities. AFS offers the world a greater hope for a lasting peace when an important
segment of the leadership of the world shares the powerful bond of an AFS experience.