Membership Benefits

Welcome! Since 1960, AAFSW has provided members with an array of services. You can read more about what we offer below.

Inclusivity – All active and retired employees of all U.S. foreign affairs agencies, spouses (including divorced and widowed), partners, and family members are invited to become members of the Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide (AAFSW).

Family Membership – AAFSW is a family membership. When you join, your spouse or partner is also considered a member.

Networking  Connect with and support other members in the Foreign Affairs Community.

Content  Access to the Global Link monthly newsletter, which provides practical information to our community members worldwide, as well as news about events and programs. Membership to our popular Livelines group where members share their collective information and experience with the additional perk of being able to advertise items for sale or rent. Read Advice in our collection of articles written by experts in the field. 

Events  Personal invitations to upcoming AAFSW events, including speaker programs, cultural tours and more, many of which you can stream live from home.

Scholarships  Multiple merit scholarships are available for your children.

Voice  We advocate for you, the Foreign Affairs Community, and your family members. We want to hear from you – you have a voice too!  As a member, you are eligible to serve on AAFSW Board and vote in AAFSW Board Elections. AAFSW also wants you to be an active participant in your community. We have numerous opportunities to volunteer your time supporting your Foreign Affairs Community. You don’t have to be in the DC area to offer your talents.

Stay Informed  AAFSW keeps you informed of what is happening in your community.