AFS encourages our students, volunteers and families to take on changemaking projects as part our commitment to improve local, national and global communities.
Many AFS Network Organizations have embraced changemaking and launched social impact projects to promote the importance of intercultural learning and the power of cultural understanding within local communities. In 2015, the AFS Intercultural Learning (ICL) in Our Own Backyard Awards and the new AFS Volunteers Changemakers Awards honored these efforts. This is the third year for the ICL Awards, which were selected by an international panel of judges representing UNESCO, the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), the European Federation of Intercultural Learning (EFIL) and AFS. Using crowdsourcing methods, the AFS global community chose the winning Changemakers projects.