Present Projects

Special EmergencY Program !

Currently a huge number of refugees are arriving 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 we establishd (as a means to expand our activities in Austria itself) contact with a refugee home of Caritas. In cooperation with people in charge of the “House Daria” in the 10th district of Vienna, the AFS-Refugee-Aid-Foundation is providing concrete measures for the support of integration of refugees there and is integrating aspects of intercultural learning. Since mid 2013 the project for the support of single mothers, who are asylum seekers, is up and running. Today we are supporting the refugees to improve their language skills and we are aiming to offer specific courses for (often very young) single mothers and additional support for them. Furhtermore, workshops and camps search to integrate the topic of intercultural learing - together with AFS-volunteers.


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"

Southsudan  and Kenia          

Foto: Foundation - AMREF
Foto: Foundation - AMREF

In the region of crisis Southsudan (not only Darfur) the foundation takes part in an - presently 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 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.