Seeking Nominations for Outstanding Volunteers Abroad

It is time to recognize and celebrate that fantastic person you know for her/his tireless efforts to bring about change and make a difference at post or in the local community at your host country.
AAFSW is pleased to announce the opening season to receive nominations for the 2019 Secretary of State Award for Outstanding Volunteerism Abroad (SOSA).

Nominees can be Foreign Service Officers, spouses, family members, EFM domestic partners, or Members of Household. All members of the Foreign Service are encouraged to present nominations. A panel selects recipients from each of the six regional bureaus. Winners will receive a cash award of $2500, a certificate signed by the Secretary of State, and a pin commemorating the awards ceremony. Travel to Washington, DC will be paid for by regional bureaus. Nominations may be sent as a Word document to Nominations must be received by July 15, 2019. The award ceremony will be held in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the Department of State on November 20, 2019.

Specific details on criteria, eligibility and nomination and selection process can be found here.
Please feel free to contact AAFSW with any questions regarding the 2019 SOSA Award by e-mail:, or phone: 703-820-5420. To review additional information on the outstanding accomplishments of recent recipients please visit