As we pass another Memorial Day, I'd like to salute an organization that was borne of the world wars of the last century: AFS Intercultural Programs.
The American Field Service ambulance drivers (including Indiana's Weir Cook) served on the battlefields of France in World War I, and reactivated to carry the wounded in World War II. In 1946, the drivers created the AFS international exchange to perpetuate peace.
AFS allowed me to be hosted in South Africa in the 1970s, and I've since hosted 11 students for their home stays in the USA while they attended American high schools.
Soon, my family will meet up with all 11 of our exchange kids near Barcelona — the first time they've all met each other. My most sincere wish is that they can pass peace forward in their lives.
Please consider hosting an AFS high school student so that your family can also foster peace.
Jim Frenchik, Indianapolis