- Overview: The Returnee Initiative (RI) is a National Council Task Force. The RI began in the spring of 2009 and continues to expand to involve more Returnees who are interested in giving back to AFS while continuing their own personal and professional growth through engagement in Returnee volunteer positions.
- RI Mission: The AFS-USA Returnee Initiative engages Returnees throughout the Returnee Life Cycle by providing resources, support and opportunities for their growth, development and connections thus encouraging a life-time of participation within the AFS community.
- Returnee Initiative Body, Returnee Volunteer Roles, Returnee Initiative Interns
Get Involved in Your Community
- Become an AFS Volunteer! All Returnee volunteer roles require that you be a registered AFS-USA Volunteer, so start your application today!
- Become a Returnee Coordinator: The Team Returnee Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the support, recruitment, integration, orientation, and recognition of Returnees for the Team. If you are interested in becoming a Returnee Coordinator,sign-up to learn more.
- Returnee Meetups Returnee Meetups are an informal and social event for Returnees to get together. Here is some helpful tips on how to plan a Returnee Meetup in your Team!
- Become a Returnee Ambassador: Returnee Ambassadors are registered AFS Returnee volunteers, who reach out to their networks and local community to hold three local events, to share their AFS story and promote AFS sending and hosting opportunities. If you are interested in sharing your AFS story, sign-up to learn more.
- Become a Returnee Mentor: Returnee Mentors are registered AFS Returnee volunteers, who guide and support sending applicants through the preparation stages before they go abroad. If you are interested in becoming a Returnee Mentor, sign-up to learn more.
National Volunteer Opportunities
- Returnee Volunteer Training week: In honor of National Volunteer Week, April 22-26, Returnee Initiative hosts several online trainings for Returnees to become registered Returnee Coordinators, Returnee Ambassadors, Returnee Mentors, and Returnee Country Specialists.
- Become a Returnee Country Specialist: AFS Returnee Country Specialists represent their study abroad country and provide students with the first-hand perspective of the expectations of living abroad. Country Specialists can share their insights in the following ways: be a representative on AFS Online Info Sessions, Speak with a Returnee online group calls, Ask an AFSer Facebook Page or as a referral. If you are interested in becoming a Returnee Country Specialist, sign-up to learn more.
- Returnee Leadership Summit: The Returnee Initiative provides leadership training for AFS Returnees, followed by five days of facilitating End of Stay orientation groups for departing international students in Washington DC. Returnee participants selected will receive a paid trip to Washington, D.C. for two days of leadership development followed by five days of facilitating End of Stay orientation groups for departing international students. Up to 20 Returnee participants will be selected to attend this year's Returnee Leadership Summit. Click here to nominate Returnees in your Team. View past Returnee Initiative Training Participants.
- Be a Scholarship Judge: AFS-USA Scholarship Department loves to have AFS returnees help them select finalists for their merit-based scholarships. If you are interested in helping out, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- AFS Returnee Internship Opportunities Now hiring!
- AFS Returnee Summer Job Opportunities Please check back.
Returnee Initiative Highlights
- Returnee Voice eNewsletteris a monthly enewletter all about AFS Returnees and opportunities for Returnees to stay involved with AFS. Join hereand stay connected! Want to be featured in the next edition? Submit your AFS pictures and stories at email@example.com
- Re-entry Orientations and Welcome Home Events Check out the resources for holding a Re-entry orientation in your community. The Returnee Initiative developed these materials after passing the 2012 Action Item - Re-entry Orientations for Returnees at the NVA.
- Emerging Leader Award The Volunteer Recognition Committee developed a new award in 2011 for volunteer leaders under the age of 30. To find out more, nominate people or apply please see:Emerging Leader Award. Applications and references will be accepted July 1st through September 15th; Nominations will be accepted July 1 to September 1 and Awards will be announced in early October.
- Resources for Integrating Recent Returnees
- Become a trained Returnee Re-entry Orientation Leader
- Returnee Volunteer Opportunities & Resources Flyer a printable handout for Returnees to learn more about local and national Returnee volunteer opportunities.
- Global Link: How to Look-up Returnees
- How to Find Volunteers in your Team
- Global Link Sending Status and Stage Definitions
- Sending Program Codes Decoded
- Global Link FAQs
- Partner Country
- Request for Returnee Support for Staff and Volunteer Projects
- Returnee Initiative Group Call Notes