How it works

Submission Format

  • Brief description of the nominee's journey/career and how it was shaped by the AFS values;
  • Description of the nominee's achievements and contributions to advance the mission and goals of AFS;
  • Description nominees's impact on the AFS community at large and why this AFS Volunteer should receive the Galatti Award. 

Award criteria

The criteria is demonstrated commitment and exceptional dedication, and to have advanced the mission and goals of AFS.

What Do Winners Receive? 

The 2016 Galatti Award winner(s) will receive an engraved plate and a certificate, handed out in person by the President of AFS International or a member of the International Board of Trustees. In addition, the winner's local chapter will receive the Galatti Award Partial Diversity Scholarship. This scholarship provides financial assistance to a candidate who would not otherwise be able to participate on an AFS program.

Established in 1983, the Galatti Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service honors AFS volunteers whose longtime commitment, dedication and exceptional journey with the organization have advanced the mission and goals of AFS and created an impact in the AFS Community.

Stephen Galatti served as the Director General of AFS for more than 28 years, from its beginnings in 1936 until his death in 1964. During this time, he built and transformed AFS from a volunteer ambulance service into a world-wide organization that promotes peace and global awareness through intercultural learning experiences.

Galatti worked tirelessly to expand the AFS global community, reaching out to ever-larger numbers of participants, families and countries. He created a program model that relied heavily on the continued support of dedicated volunteers, who he saw as the driving force behind the organization.

In keeping with Galatti’s vision, AFS places the highest value on its volunteers and recognizes them as the drivers of all AFS programs. It is in tribute to Galatti and to devoted AFS volunteers that the Galatti Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service was established. 

 

Galatti Award Recipients 

2015

Ingrid Bason, Denmark
Chanettee Nikrothanon, Thailand
Lucy Lim Ting Kea, Malaysia

2014

Rodrigo Antonio Ferrada-González, Chile
Monique Buffin, France
Sharon Held, USA
Ulises Boom, Dominican Republic
 

2013

Rev. Allan Okomeng-Mensah, Ghana
Adrienne Rowell, Australia

2012

Raylene Sommerville, New Zealand
Karoly Rosta, Hungary
Victor Oporto, Argentina

2011

Patrick Vandendriessche, Belgium Flanders
Martha Garay de Cáceres, Honduras
Xu Jiandong, China

2010

Yasuko Koike, Japan
Ma. Guadalupe Hernández Rentería, Mexico
Larry Ralph, United States (deceased)

2009

Maria Teresa Basualdo, Argentina
Robert Kaminker, France
Lorna Szentivanyi, New Zealand
Carol Ann Zimmerman, United States

2008

Marcia Buckle, Brazil
Ilse Brehm, Germany
Eria Magnani Calatroni, Italy

2007

Gloria de Mantilla, Colombia
Britt-Eva Jakobsen, Norway
Judy Weyand, United States

2006

Yasuko Araki, Japan
Nina Crawford, New Zealand
Maria Forini, Brazil
Franz Greimel, Austria

2005

Grace Fernandez, Costa Rica
Maija Nykänen, Finland
Eulalia Fleitas de Royg, Paraguay
Tanju Verda Akan, Turkey

2004

Traudl Stürmer, Germany
Jerene Thomas, United States
Di Yan, China

2003

Cathie Currin, United States
Ma Dolores Gonzalez Diaz de Cerio, Spain
Norma Delicia Fernandez, Argentina

2002

Karen Elizabeth Hapgood, UK (Deceased)
Masaichi and Mieko Hattori, Japan
José Luis Villanueva Olalla, Venezuela

2001

Bambang Soetikno, Indonesia
Mama Lily Sebolai, South Africa
Praphasri Pumsiri, Thailand

2000

Daisy Lau, Hong Kong

1999

Alice Elizabeth Francis, New Zealand
Glória de Bastiani de Carvalho, Brazil

1998

Sonia Barría, Panama (Deceased)
Claudio Beccari, Italy

1997

Heinz Traxler, Austria
Annika Becker, Sweden
Siti Khatijah Hassan, Malaysia

1996

Fran Furlong, United States
Lis Beyer Iversen, Denmark
Miguel Oswaldo Rosales Torres, Guatemala

1995

Ester Amdam, Norway
Deizi Andrigheti Antunes, Brazil
Hallbørg Fiksdal, Norway
Barbara Joan Lofthouse, Australia

1994

Jacqueline Hendrix, Belgium

1993

Inge Rauschning, Germany

1992

Elizabeth Ballesteros Quiróz, Bolivia

1991

Birger Nissen, Denmark

1990

Pat and Basil Teague, New Zealand

1989

Gilda Olmedo de Quintana, Paraguay

1988

Enid Donaldson-Mignotte, Jamaica

1987

Gordon Clemens, United States

1986

Rosemarie Popp, Germany

1985

Rosemary Gettleman, United States
Rolf Neiger, Switzerland

1984

Lorna Clayton, Australia
Eunice Grimaldi, United States
Erich Langer, Austria

1983

Edith Baker, New Zealand
Elita Hawley, United States
Carlos Lazarte, Peru
Gus Leimkuhler, United States