Present Projects

Special Program !

Currently a large number of refugees need to be integrated in Europe and also in Austria. Many people, including many AFSers are helping refugees as volunteers and seek support for their activities!

The AFS-Refugee-Aid-Foundation helps with small amounts of money , information , contacts and even personal assistance . If you are looking for support or want to offer support, please contact us: .


If you want to donate - go to: Spenden_Donate


Foto: Foundation - Daria
Foto: Foundation - Daria


In Vienna, as well as in Upper Austria, cooperation with various refugee assistance projects is underway. The AFS Refugee Aid Foundation and some AFS volunteers are integration measures in various projects.



For Donations go to "Donate-Support"



Foto: P. Tschiggerl SJ / Foundation
Foto: P. Tschiggerl SJ / Foundation




The AFS-Refugee-Aid-Foundation  is supporting the campaign "Mercy in Motion" of the Jesuit Refugee Service. 

The program of the foundation aims to support the educational project "School of Hope" at the Telyani refugee camp in Libanon. The aid helps to educate and support some 30 child-refugees to start a new life after the devastation of their home-country Syria.


For Donations go to "Donate-Support"

South sudan  and Kenia

Foto: Foundation - AMREF
Foto: Foundation - AMREF

In the region of crisis South Sudan (not only Darfur) the foundation takes part in an - presently partly suspended - apprenticeship/education program for local medical personnel. They can assume the counseling and caring for the refugees, who live in different parts of the country.

Due to an ongoing  crisis the project has been largely shifted to Kenia, to help there and also to educate medical aid personnel there!


For Donations go to "Donate-Support"


Brochure "South Sudan" Medical Officers (only in German)
Flüchtlinshilfe Südsudan_neu.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 678.1 KB

general Information

In 1978 some AFS-Alumni in Austria wanted to add to global awareness through AFS work global action to contribute to the development of a better world. They experienced that AFS is a great opportunity for young people and families. Much is achieved for AFS participants, intercultural learning, global understanding and mobility.
However, there was a large group of people who were forced to leave their homes, who in most cases lost everything and had to get accustomed to new places as refugees. In 1978 there were six million refugees all over the world.
Since then the global number of refugees has grown to 20 million and the need for help has grown accordingly. With the AFS-spirit in the background, the AFS-Foundation for Refugee Support aims to sustain at least some of them.
The AFS-Foundation for Refugee Support orients its work on the roots of the global organization. The so-called Ambulance-Drivers are still the consciousness of AFS. Two World Wars were the starting point of AFS. Unfortunately war is still a reality and most refugees are a result of wars. Refugees depend on the help of the ones that are living in peace and wealth, to survive and possibly to be able to return home later.

The foundation is a comparably small organization. So-called "forgotten camps" are the focus of its activities. It has thus specialized on groups of refugees who need help in places that are not any longer or even have never been helped by large organizations.