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Watch Judy Ikels’ Webinar
Watch Judy Ikels’ Webinar

AAFSW partnered with longtime Foreign Service advocate and author Judy Goodman Ikels for a webinar discussion of her new book, Death in Wartime China: A Daughter's Discovery, on November 16.

The Secretary of State Award for Volunteerism Abroad (SOSA)
The Secretary of State Award for Volunteerism Abroad (SOSA)

Our annual award celebrates exemplary volunteers overseas. Other awards include the CCE-EFM.

AAFSW's Programs
AAFSW's Programs

AAFSW's Programs Committee presents virtual and in-person events for members and the greater Foreign Service community.

Visit AAFSW BookStore

AAFSW BookStore is open Monday-Thursday from 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Come visit us and pick up a good book!

Evacuee Support Network
Evacuee Support Network

AAFSW’s Evacuee Support Network (ESN) assists evacuees from post to the Washington, DC, area as well as provides information and resources.

AAFSW's Annual Merit Scholarships
AAFSW's Annual Merit Scholarships

AAFSW's yearly merit-based scholarships are are open to members' families only.

Learn about AAFSW's History through our new interactive Timeline!

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Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide (AAFSW), established in 1960, is a membership-based and accredited 501(c)(3) association within the American Foreign Affairs Community. Since 2018, AAFSW has been a recognized Department of State Employee Organization. 


AAFSW is your landing place for making connections and community, whether you’re at post or at home. Join today to take advantage of member benefits like community forums, early access to in-person and virtual events, merit scholarships, and more. All are welcome here.


Since its founding in 1960, AAFSW has placed a strong emphasis on community. Our organization and membership has evolved through the years, but our focus on community remains the same. Resources include the Foreign Service Hub, Housing Office, helpful articles, and so much more.


AAFSW President Celine Erickson’s monthly letter to members.


  • “Fearless Young Iranian Women Uprise”
    AAFSW hosted the first program of the New Year with a call for change for a better world and an informative and timely presentation” Fearless Young Iranian Women Uprise.”
  • AAFSW’s 2023 Merit Scholarships Now Open
    Our annual scholarships for member families are now open. Please visit this page for more details and applications. Deadline is April 16, 2023.
  • AAFSW Welcomes the Locality Pay Adjustment for DETOs in the NDAA
    AAFSW supports The Civil Service Federal Employee Serving Overseas Pay Equity Act, establishing a locality pay equivalent for some 265 active civilian federal employees, mostly State Department employees, working under the Domestic Employees Teleworking Overseas (DETO) program.


The Secretary of State Awards for Outstanding Volunteerism Abroad (SOSA) is an annual award that recognizes volunteers at post who are truly making a difference in their communities.



AAFSW is all about creating community. We are here for you whether you’re at post or at home. Join our community today — together we can achieve more!