Since 1964, AIFS has been a leading organization providing cultural exchange and educational opportunities for more than 1.5 million young people.
For over 50 years, we have been committed to cross-cultural exchange. Under the direction of founder Sir Cyril Taylor, AIFS continues to operate its diverse selection of programs as a social enterprise. AIFS maintains an organizational structure that ensures that we have the resources to find new and innovative ways to pursue our core mission of bringing the world together; a mission dedicated to achieving positive social outcomes through global outreach.
We are very proud to consistently receive high satisfaction ratings from our program participants year after year.
In 2011 and 2015, AIFS was named one of the top places to work in Connecticut.
We organize cultural exchange programs for more than 50,000 participants each year.
Sir Cyril Taylor was born in Yorkshire, England. He was the founder and Chairman of AIFS and had a long and distinguished career in public service and education. At age 18 he received a National Service Commission serving with the King’s African Rifles in Kenya. Following his military service he went to Cambridge University graduating with an honours degree in history from Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He then decided to pursue an MBA at Harvard Business School for which he was awarded the Charles Bell Scholarship by the London Chamber of Commerce.
Since 2005, Bill Gertz has served as the President and CEO of AIFS, a leading organization in the field of educational and cultural exchange. In February 2018, he was elected Chairman of AIFS upon the passing of founder, Sir Cyril Taylor. Bill is a native New Yorker with more than 40 years of experience in International Education. He is a graduate of SUNY Binghamton, where he studied journalism and majored in European history. Shortly after college, he worked as a freelance writer, investigative reporter and editor. Later on, Bill completed the Strategic Marketing Management Program at Harvard Business School and in 2014 received an Honorary Doctorate in International Relations from Richmond, the American International University in London.