Volunteer Recognition Committee: Volunteer Awards Season

Volunteer Recognition Committee: Volunteer Awards Season

Nominations are still open for the 2021 Volunteer Awards! There are numerous outstanding volunteers who have received local recognition from their Teams. The national awards are an opportunity to select and nominate dedicated volunteers from your Teams to be recognized on a national level.

Nominations are open for the following six awards:

National Awards

The Emerging Leader Award recognizes an individual who shows the potential to be a future leader within AFS-USA. We congratulate volunteer David Ubogy of the Greater Chicago Area Team, the recipient of the 2020 Emerging Leader Award. As a doctor, David was instrumental in helping to provide the necessary medical documentation required by the Thai students before being able to return home-no matter how many times they needed to do it!

The Mission Award recognizes an outstanding volunteer who has made a significant impact in promoting the core values and mission of AFS through their leadership. Congratulations to the 2020 Mission Award recipient Nancy Bridges of the Heartland Kansas Area Team. Nancy lives and breathes the AFS-USA mission by empowering people to become globally engaged citizens. If something needs to be done, Nancy always steps up and seeks new ways to engage the students in learning opportunities.

The Dream Team Award recognizes teams for exceptional and outstanding service that benefits AFS-USA volunteers in more than one area of volunteer development and recognition. Congratulations to the Arizona team on receiving the 2020 Dream Team Award. You have shown other teams just what it means to be welcoming toward new volunteers, inclusive to all members and committed to engaging as many volunteers as possible in your committee structure.  You show recognition and make all feel a member of the AFS family.  We are honored to recognize all your efforts and hope it will inspire others to shoot for the title of AFS Dream Team!

International Awards

The Galatti Award, established in 1983, honors AFS Volunteers whose commitment and dedication to the organization have advanced the mission and goals of AFS. Stephen Galatti served as the Director General of AFS for more than 28 years, from its beginnings in 1936 until his death in 1964. He built and transformed AFS from a volunteer ambulance service into a worldwide organization that promotes peace and global awareness through intercultural learning experiences.

In keeping with Galatti’s vision, AFS places the highest value on its volunteers and recognizes them as the drivers of all AFS programs. This award is an opportunity to honor volunteers who are long-time AFS role models and inspire other generations to volunteer.

We congratulate Mary Ann Offer of the World Class Area Team, who was given this high honor as the recipient of the 2020 Galatti Award. As a long time volunteer, Mary Ann always has her AFS hat on.  She has been known to recruit students for study abroad programs at the grocery store all while hosting students, developing volunteers or serving on the leadership team.  Mary Ann is a true AFS Advocate.

Submit your Galatti Nomination Here

The Peggy and Art Howe Award. AFS-USA knows that families are at the heart of AFS. Often you will see multiple members of a family actively volunteering and sharing the #AFSeffect. This award honors the families of our volunteers while remembering Peggy and Art Howe, an exceptional couple who remarkably advanced the mission and goals of AFS both within the organization and in society at large.  Nominate an AFS family of volunteers in your Team who work towards advancing diversity and inclusion with the AFS mission.  AFS-USA did not have any nominations for the 2020 Peggy and Art Howe Award.

Submit your Peggy and Art Howe Nomination Here

Young AFS Volunteer Award. Volunteerism has an important role to play in harnessing the potential of young people, and with AFS, young volunteers make fundamental contributions to promote intercultural understanding. Established in 2015 internationally, the Young AFS Volunteer Award for Outstanding Service recognizes AFS volunteers under the age of 30 whose exceptional contributions to the organization have made a difference in advancing the AFS mission and goals of AFS.  AFS-USA did not have any nominations for the 2020 Young AFS Volunteer Award.

​​​​​​​Submit your Young AFS Volunteer Nomination Here


Questions about these awards can be directed to the AFS-USA Volunteer Recognition Committee at volrecognition@afsusa.org.


Start nominating today! All awards are open between March 15th and April 30th, 2021

The Volunteer Recognition Committee