How do I identify the viability of starting a new AFS Unit?
Begin by maping the area where you’re planning to open the new unit. Remember not to underestimate the efforts needed to support the new units. Make sure to define the maximum number of local units that can be supported each year!
Does the city have potential to run AFS operations?
- Are schools open to host? Do they allow students to study abroad?
- Are there government regulations around hosting/sending students?
- Are there similar organizations in town? What is the competition?
- Is it safe for participants?
- Are there at least 2-3 potential volunteers to help get things started?
- How many units could be supported in this city?
- Are there any past AFS stakeholders (volunteers, students, host families, etc..)?
- In what types of institutions (religious, community centers, gathering places) would you be able to promote AFS?
Where does the initiative of developing a new unit comes from?
Knowing this will help to plan the support actions and follow for this new chapter development process.
AFS National Staff
Isolated New Volunteer in the Area
Expert Volunteer in the Area
Existing big unit that feels the need to split
Step 2: Define Goals
Step 3: Identify the right leadership
Step 4: Define Clear Roles and Tasks