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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Helpful Hints for Your Next Move

Moving is always stressful, whether it is down the block or halfway across the world. For those in the Foreign Service, moves happen more frequently — and at greater distances — than for most other people. We have the benefit of joining a ready-made community with support there to make settling into our new lives […]

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Mexican Cultural Institute Visit

Roughly 20 AAFSW members got together on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 and enjoyed a guided tour of the beautiful Mexican Cultural Institute.  After that, the AAFSW members enjoyed the stunning “GM de Mexico Collection of Drawings and Graphic Art.” Later, we had a tasty lunch at a great Mexican pupuseria close by. The Mexican Cultural […]

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