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 Office, Overseas 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.
As announced last month, AAFSW recently received a grant from the Una Chapman Cox Foundation for a project that will help individuals and families within the Foreign Service community (including retired, divorced and widowed community members) access information related to FS life with greater ease. In developing this project, we thought it would be best […]
We Really Mean It This Time! That’s what happens in the Foreign Service: several current AAFSW Board members and committee chairs have new assignments and are leaving soon for overseas posts. AAFSW is YOUR voice. But to remain effective, it needs leadership and direction. We are urgently seeking people in the DC area to serve […]
AAFSW is happy to share this appeal from our friends at Tales from a Small Planet. For further information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Tales from a Small Planet, the first comprehensive web resource for expats, is seeking new volunteers to take it the next step. Critical positions to be filled include Executive Director, Social Media Director, and […]
Seeking Outstanding Volunteers Abroad for SOSA’s 25th Anniversary The Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide (AAFSW) annually presents the Secretary of State Award for Outstanding Volunteerism Abroad (SOSA) to recognize the most exceptional volunteer efforts by Foreign Service employees and family members abroad. During its 25-year history, the program has honored more than 100 awardees […]