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AFS-USA volunteers support high school-aged foreign exchange students during their program year in central Illinois. We are always looking for more interested volunteers to help plan and run the activities and orientations we organize for them during their time here.
Inspire cultural diversity and tolerance within your community. In this role, you’ll help make it possible for more than 2,300 international students from 90 countries to come to the U.S. each year and live with local host families. This life-changing experience for students and families enriches our communities by encouraging diversity and dialogue in a uniquely personal way.
Guide students and families through the international exchange experience while developing your own cross-cultural communication skills. As a key part of the AFS support network, you’ll work directly with international high school students and their U.S. host families to foster a life-changing journey for both parties.
Helping to bring the people of the world together is exciting, interesting, and rewarding work. For 70 years, AFS Volunteers have given their time to empower students, families and communities to overcome cultural barriers through increased understanding. Our volunteers come from every pocket of America, and their impact is felt on both a local and global scale. The AFS Greater Illinois Area Team is a group of dedicated volunteers working toward a more just and peaceful world.
With your assistance, Three Spinners provides clothing, food, support, language training, and job preparation for refugee families being resettled in the U.S. After fleeing persecution or violence, refugees go through an 18-24 month screening process before arriving in our community. Since more than 50% of all refugees are children, these displaced families need help with their first steps.
Food Distribution. Volunteers needed to assist clients with registration and personal shopping. There are also opportunities for cleanup. Food Distribution requires a one-time orientation.