19th-Century Roots

1. The spirit and organization of AFS student exchanges are deeply rooted in 19th century Europe where they were foreshadowed by the apprenticeships of the Middle Ages.

2. Volunteer ambulance drivers from two world wars brought their foreign experience home to America with them and created what is now a worldwide network of international "student exchanges." whose dynamic is based on family life with its ability to adopt "strangers"---from the newborn to the outsider.

Time Line

Europe

Americans

Study Abroad

1852
 

Art studies in Europe

 

  

 

 

Friendly Adventurers

1854


Florence Nightingale
in the Crimean War

1859


Henry Dunant
at Solferino

1862

Memory of Solferino
Henry Dunant

U.S. Sanitary Commission

1863


International Societies
for Assistance to
the War Wounded

1864

Geneva Convention

1865


Dr. Thomas Evans
"The American Dentist"

1870

American Ambulance
rue de l'Impératrice, Paris

1895
 

 Sorbonne

1910

American Hospital
rue Chauveau, Neuilly-sur-Seine

1914

American Ambulance
rue d'Inkermann, Neuilly-sur-Seine

1915

Field Service

1917

Science & Learning in France

1920