Image by _fLeMmA__ via FlickrThe annual AAFSW/Secretary of State's Award for Outstanding Volunteerism Abroad (SOSA) recognizes the outstanding volunteer activities of U.S. Government employees, spouses, family members over the age of 18, and members of household who are living and working overseas.
A recipient is chosen from each of the Department of State's six geographical bureaus. Each winner receives:
- A cash award of $2,500.
- A pin commemorating the annual AAFSW awards ceremony.
- A certificate signed by the Secretary of State.
2009 SOSA Award Winners
- Erin P. Sweeney: Lagos, Nigeria (AF)
- JanMarie Flattum-Riemers: Jakarta, Indonesia (EAP)
- Lara L. Center: Luxembourg (EUR/IO)
- Joseph A. Taylor: Baghdad, Iraq (NEA)
- Bernadetta J. Ruch: Dushanbe, Tajikistan (SCA)
- Jan Irene Miller: Panama City, Panama (WHA)
Read more about the 2009 SOSA Award winners and see photos and slide shows of their projects at the Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide.
The 2008 winners are here.