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Our Membership Benefits

AAFSW is celebrating its 60th birthday this year! We are known as an organization that fosters community between current and retired Foreign Service officers and family members at home and abroad.

A yearly membership to AAFSW supports our work and gives you access to many benefits such as:

  • Our monthly newsletter, Global Link, which is distributed to AAFSW members and Community Liaison Office Coordinators and post newsletter editors worldwide, and provides practical information to Foreign Service community members worldwide, as well as news regarding our events and programs.
  • First notice of virtual and in-person programs
  • AAFSW’s publications, which include two volumes in the Realities of Foreign Service Life series as well as the first volume in our new series, The Foreign Service Companion, Moving Your Household Without Losing Your Mind are a unique resource for our community, written and produced “in-house” by those who have been there, and done that.
  • Merit and need-based scholarships for Foreign Service youth.
  • An Evacuee Support Network that coordinates with the Family Liaison Office (FLO) in assisting Foreign Service community members who have been evacuated from posts abroad.
  • AAFSW Happy Hours and many other programs that connect our community in the Washington, DC, area.
  • Our very active Foreign-Born Spouses group offers support for Foreign Service family members who are “foreign at home” in the Washington, DC area..
  • Our website,, is a central resource for Foreign Service community members on all aspects of Foreign Service life, with an extensive collection of articles, advice, and links.

AAFSW members also enjoy:

  • Membership in our popular “Livelines” group. Over 4,500 members of the Foreign Service community share their collective information and experience with the additional perk of being able to advertise items for sale/rent.
  • Free classified advertising in our Global Link newsletter and on our classifieds website.
  • Personal invitations to speaker programs in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the Department of State, as well as monthly cultural tours and programs in the Washington, DC-area of interest to the Foreign Service community.
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