This section of the Speedwell Foundation AFS Study Abroad Scholarship website provides information related to the programs, including blog posts by current and recent students, upcoming AFS events and webminars, interviews with current and alumni Speedwell scholars and related links.  If you see a link or resource you think should be added, please contact us.


Alison Savage at the 2014 Picnic

Alison Savage was awarded the first Speedwell AFS Study Abroad Scholarship and visited Iceland in 2007. She spoke at the Speedwell AFS Scholarship Picnic on August 4, 2014, thanking Jenny Messner for all the scholarships and addressing students about to start their year abroad.

Jenny Messner Remarks

Jenny Messner shares about starting the Speedwell AFS Scholarships in the face of 9-11 and how valuable the experience has proven for students.

Emily Sausman Interview

Emily Sausman visited Germany in 2013-2014. In addition to language, she talks about her interest in different cultures and becoming more culturally aware.

Event Photos

Latest Blog Posts

Blog posts syndicated from Speedwell AFS Scholars who are currently studying abroad.

L'Année Terminale!!!

August 21, 2017
janae taft
La conduite, les devoirs, le lycée, et le travail constituent ma vie en ce moment en retrouvant mon rythme normal. C’est bizarre de dire cela parce que ce n’est pas vraiment un rythme normal après mon année en France, mais je peux finalement m’adapter un peu plus depuis la reprise de mon lycée.

"Home" But Not Home

August 6, 2017
janae taft

     Wow, so this is what it's like to be back from exchange: the constant pang of homesickness for foods, customs and people that were once so foreign but are now so normal, the readjustment to habits that were different for a year, and the text messages going the opposite direction. Suddenly, again, I realize it's all just a dream. I always read about other students returning from exchange, but I never thought I'd be in their shoes so soon. Here I am, not the "American exchange student" anymore, but the "American who was an exchange student."


July 7, 2017
janae taft

      Well, this is it. The day is almost here. In just a few hours, I will say goodbye to my family and best friends in order to return to my family and friends. For the past 309 days, I've had the honor of being an exchange student. During that time period, I've stumbled through my second language every day until I came to master it. I've come to know and appreciate a way of living that in some ways is so very different from my own...and that of my native country's. People from all around the world came to hold a very dear place in my heart in such a short amount of time.