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114 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 5 INTERCULTURAL PROGRAMS Building a More Just and Peaceful World …One Student at a Time E L I Z A B E T H S U N E B Y writer M A U R A WAY M A N photographer jan nowak of Wellesley spent the 2013/2014 school year in Bremen, Germany as an AFS exchange student. More than a half century earlier, Walter Oechsle from Saulgau, West Germany spent the 1950/1951 school year in Englewood, New Jersey as one of the first German AFS students to come to the US after World War II. Originally called the American Field Service, AFS was started by two American men who volunteered as ambu- lance drivers during World War I and II and saw the potential for cultural exchange to help forge world peace. During its inaugural year in 1947, the nonprofit organization exchanged 52 students from 11 countries formerly at war. Today, AFS hosts 1,100 US high school students abroad and 2,300 high school students from 90 countries in the US. Given the ethnic, national, and religious strife plaguing many parts of the world, the organization's mission

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