Rock. "The First Years of the Teenage Programs (1946-1955)."
History of the American Field Service, 1920-1955. New
"In February 1946, while AFS was still winding up its
wartime activities, Mr. Galatti began to inquire whether its
membership wanted AFS to continue as a permanent organization.
The French Fellowships would soon be able to function again,
but that was a separate establishment. If AFS were to continue,
it would need housing for an office and clubrooms, and a program,
as reunions, gossip sheets, and reminiscence would never serve
as a firm cohesive force. Later in the year, members were asked
to contribute toward a clubhouse and an endowment fund. A reunion
was planned for September."
William P. Orrick. New York: The First Thirty Years
of the AFS International Scholarships. New York: AFS Archives.
"If the AFS is to continue to function, it should have
a peace time project, and Mr. Galatti stated that it was his
feeling that the Exchange of Students under a scholarship system
should be the first project of the AFS. These fellowships would
not be only between the United States and France, but they would
be between all countries. The State Department has approved of
this project and if the members of the AFS are in favor of it,
it can be started. Mr. Galatti pointed out that this project
need be only one of other projects that the AFS might be able
to undertake through the post-war years, but it would give a
very real reason for peace time activities. He further pointed
out that it would keep the AFS in business and that if we were
in business, and doing a job, other fields would open, as they
did during the war. In 1940, the AFS was operating in France.
France fell and most War Relief Agencies helping this country
closed their doors. The AFS did not. It raised money for the
American Eagle Club of London, which was in no way the work of
the AFS, but by doing this job, we stayed in business and were
ready to operate when the British asked for our services in the
Middle East. If once the doors are closed and the staff disorganized,
it is impossible to start up again should an emergency arise.
The early days of 1940 proved this. We went into this war with
no money in the treasury and no organization and in the beginning
the going was very hard. The Exchange of Students would hold
us together as an organization."
Preparation for Tomorrow. A German Boy's Year in America.
U.S. State Department Publication, 1951
"THIS IS the story of Ernst Hermann Taucher, a likeable
young German who has recently gone back to his own country after
spending a year in the United States. During that year he lived
with an American farm family, attended the local high school,
went to the church of his "foster family," and helped
with the farm work as the son of any farmer would. He made many
friends in the school and in the community. Most important of
all, he learned the American way of life by living it. Ernst
is one of 576 German boys and girls in the 15-year to 18-year
age group who have had or are now having such an experience."
Katherine T. Kinkead. Walk Together, Talk Together.
The American Field Service Student Exchange Program. New
York: Norton. 1962.
"The young man frowned and was silent for a moment. Then
inching his chair closer to mine, he continued. "Here, let
me see if I can explain to you the way we AFSers feel,"
he said. 'That whole year overseas I kept thinking, 'My cup runneth
over. Nothing in my life can ever be as magical as this year.
I've got to take it with me.' Well, I found out soon enough that
I couldn't take it with me---only momentarily with other AFSers,
perhaps, can you ever evoke that year again. But the heart
of it, you do take back with you. Because the year is more than
a superb, personal experience. It opens up the whole world for
you. Now, because of it, I know that I am a member of the whole
huge family of mankind. Now I'm awake not just to the people
and things near me and to my own self, but I have a consciousness
and interest and love for many people, all of them different,
around the world. With this comes responsibilities. But when
you know something as the result of a strong experience, you're
eager to accept the responsibilities that go with it. Our first
responsibility is to see that more and more kids after us get
the chance of the A.F.S. experience. Even the little we do in
this way brings so much. You start a small local ripple and see
it grow before your eyes until it's strong enough to wash up
all the way to the Orient or Africa and sometime, maybe even
over the Iron Curtain.'"
Gianna. Boston: Beacon. 1967
"THIS true, heartwarming, informative story of an Italian
teenager's impressions of America will open your eyes to a new
perspective on your own society ... and thrill you with the possibilities
of the inspired international program on which it is based.
"Each year the American Field Service International Scholarship
Program brings 3,000 high school students from over sixty countries
to the United States to live as participating members of American
families---and arranges a similar experience for about 1,300
United States youngsters.
"Here is the story of 17-year-old Gianna Bosco's year
with Dick and Libby Machol and their daughters, Jill and Pat,
in Teaneck, New Jersey. Mrs. Machol tells it with eloquent straightforwardness.
You become thoroughly engrossed in the narrative . . . in the
effervescent charm of Gianna herself ... before you realize how
much information you are absorbing."