I'm helping to raise $20K to support AFS-USA's study abroad diversity scholarship initiative, Faces of America.
Why Give: Studying abroad helped me overcome anxiety
Welcome! My name is Sam, and I’m and Alumna of an awesome program called AFS-USA Faces of America (FoA). For two decades, FoA has been providing full study abroad scholarships to U.S. teens who – like me – are curious about the world, but unfortunately can’t afford the costs of study abroad. AFS-USA is celebrating the 20th Anniversary of FoA this year, and in honor of the program that helped me so much I’m helping to raise $20K to give future teens the same type of experience I had.
Why? Because studying abroad changed my life!
Before I went to Germany for a Summer, I struggled a lot with anxiety. But being put into an environment where I didn’t know the language or culture put a new perspective on things. I didn’t know what to expect at any given moment, and I was bound to make mistakes. But that was always okay. I learned to go with the flow, and my host family was so accepting. They truly cared about who I was and where I came from.
At some point, my anxiety just melted away; It was the first time in my life that I realized anxiety wasn’t going to be with me every minute.
How I’ve Changed
When I came back from Germany, I had gained so much confidence that I started doing things I never would have considered, like modeling and partner dancing. I didn’t even think twice when I left home for college in a completely different state and time zone. I knew no one, but because of my study abroad experience, I felt certain I could make a name for myself in this new place - that I could throw myself out there, meet new people, and try everything. And that’s exactly what I’ve done.
Please help me provide other students with this life-changing experience. Support my campaign to help raise $20,000 for FoA scholarships today! Any amount helps. And if you’re wondering exactly what kind of impact your donation will have, here’s a helpful index:
- $5 - $10 shows support for diversity scholarships!
- $20 buys a student's official AFS T-Shirt (worn for orientation and travel days)
- $100 covers Pre-Departure Orientation materials
- $200 pays the Application Fee
- $500 pays the Program Deposit
- $1,500 covers international airfare
More About the Program
Click here to learn more about international education leader AFS-USA and the FoA program.