AAFSW at a Glance

The Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide (AAFSW) was established in 1960 and is the oldest non­-governmental organization supporting the American diplomatic community.

AAFSW is a primary advocate and serves as a support network for family members of Foreign Service employees. AAFSW advocacy was responsible for the creation of the Family Liaison OfficeOverseas Briefing Center, and the Foreign Service Youth Foundation.

AAFSW membership extends to all of the foreign affairs agencies. We participate in the Inter­Agency Roundtable (quarterly information ­sharing events for family member support offices from all foreign affairs agencies) and the Foreign Affairs Council (a forum for non­-governmental organizations related to the Foreign Service.

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2015 Financial Aid Scholarship Recipients

In addition to awarding merit scholarships each year, AAFSW contributes annually to AFSA’s Financial Aid Scholarship Program. The following three students are the 2015 recipients of the AAFSW Financial Aid Scholarships under the American Foreign Service Association’s (AFSA) Scholarship Program. Allison Childers   Allison lived in Ohio until the age of twelve, when her father […]

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The Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony Experience

  The cool weather of late September in the lovely natural garden of our hosts’ home was just the place for the Ethiopian coffee ceremony! The guests all arrived with delicious dishes that complemented the Ethiopian dishes and were enjoyed by all. Color, beauty, laughter, joy, and vibrant positive energy flowed through the air, warming […]

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“Challenges and Opportunities Facing Israeli Diplomacy in 2015” with Ambassador Ron Dermer on October 29

  AAFSW cordially invites you to join us on Thursday, October 29, at 10:00 a.m. in the Benjamin Franklin Diplomatic Reception Room on the 8th floor of the State Department in Washington, D.C. for an interesting presentation by His Excellency Ron Dermer of Israel on the “Challenges and Opportunities Facing Israeli Diplomacy in 2015,” followed […]

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An Interview with James and Susan Baker to Mark the 25th Anniversary of the Secretary of State Award for Outstanding Volunteerism Abroad (SOSA)

  On the morning of Tuesday, November 10, six exceptional volunteers posted at embassies and consulates around the world — including both employees and family members — will once again receive the Secretary of State Award for Outstanding Volunteerism Abroad (SOSA), administered by AAFSW. The award comes with a $2,500 stipend, travel to Washington for […]

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