AFS-USA, is a leader in intercultural learning and offers international exchange programs in more than 40 countries around the world through independent, nonprofit AFS Organizations, each with a network of volunteers, a professionally staffed office, and headed up by a volunteer board.

They’ve been exchanging students throughout the world for more than 65 years. That’s six decades of history and experience in international education with an exemplary record of safety, security, and service to students, parents, and educators.  This great group has some local ties with the  Smithton AFS Volleyball Tournament, which  is set for November 8 at the Smithton Schools gym. This has come back  year after year, with teams coming from all over the state.  I got to talk with one of the organizers, John Frazee, about the tournament and how you can help the entire world in your own small way with American Field Service.

Their 31st annual tournament will be Saturday, Nov. 8. There are tournaments for women's, recreational, intermediate, and competitive. The competitive tournament is the best tournament for the money around! They have paid refs and T-shirts to the winners. Entry fees are very reasonable. The tournament benefits the Smithton AFS (American Field Service student exchange program) chapter. Three different divisions will be offered: women’s teams at 8:00 a.m., recreation coed teams at  11:00 a.m. and competitive coed teams at 3:30 p.m.For more information, contact Gene Page at 660-343-5789, 620-5790 or You can find out more on the web at AFS site or on the Smithton chapter's Facebook page.

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