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Malaysian joins AFS International as global trustee

Antarabudaya Advisor Now Board Trustee of AFS International

Datin Yasmin Ahmad Merican (Returnee to USA, 1968-1969), advisor to AFS Antarabudaya Malaysia, was recently appointed as a trustee on the program’s global board. She joins 13 others from around the world to lead the governance of AFS International operating across more than 65 countries around the world.

This good news was published by local newspaper New Strait Times and our Budaya Beat Magazine on December 2021.

What is AFS today?

AFS is an inclusive community of global citizens committed to building a more just and peaceful world. We believe appreciating, valuing and respecting different cultures and being globally competent are key ingredients to helping the world learn to live together.

AFS is an intercultural education organization that provides high school exchange programs and so much more!
  • AFS provides innovative study abroad and exchange programs for teens and adults (AFSnext).
  • Our programs include groundbreaking intercultural learning journeys for teen participants, host families, volunteers and staff. AFS Next includes a global competency certification program. These structured and facilitated learning programs are customized for each group and supported by curricula developed by AFS experts and leading educators around the world.
  • AFS is a leading advocate of intercultural learning and global citizenship education, has a “consultative partnership” with UNESCO and works closely with many national and international peace, education and humanitarian organizations.
  • AFS shares ideas and expertise with local communities interested in building bridges across cultures by organizing social impact and changemaking projects.

AFSers knows how much we value volunteers and host families. Without their commitment and passion AFS would not be the organization we are today. But did you know that there are other ways you can stay involved, depending on your time, schedule, interests and professional expertise?  Even a small gesture can make a big difference.

To achieve our mission and remain a recognized top-tiered international organizations working to make the world a better place, we invite all AFSers to stay connected to AFS. Find out what’s new with AFS and how you can help make AFS relevant for more people. Say “Yes to AFS” and have a great time connecting with an exciting global community.