WELCOME TO THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE ORLANDO
The Alliance Française was founded in 1883 in Paris to "propagate the French language abroad." It immediately received the sponsorship of luminaries and statesmen like Paul Cambon, Ferdinand de Lesseps (Suez Canal), Louis Pasteur and Jules Verne. Between 1884 and 1904, the association rapidly expanded into various countires around the world. In 1905, Alliance Française already totaled 150 chapters in France and 450 abroad. Its swift expansion slowed during World War II, but resumed after 1950, with a strong acceleration of growth between 1979 and 2007.
The Alliance Française's mission is threefold:
As of today, the Alliance Française worldwide is present in 137 countries and counts more than 800 chapters plus a few hundred associated centers. In 2013, more than 449,000 students followed language courses in its Schools (mostly French.) The table below shows the detail by region.
The worldwide organization headquartered in Paris is represented in this country by the "Délégation Générale de l'Alliance Française aux Etats-Unis" (Federation of Alliances Françaises USA), located in Washington DC.
By the end of 2007 the Federation of Alliances Françaises USA reported more than 38,000 members in 117 AF chapters and 19 associated centers with Alliance Française chapters and associated centers in 44 states and Puerto Rico From these many financially independent chapters across the US, 70 offered a language school, one of the most important components to the mission of the association. During 2007, the Alliance Française Schools taught more than 36 million hours of French language, a 4.52% increase over 2006. There are 23 Alliance Française and associated centers in Florida alone!
Our local chapter is the Alliance Française of Greater Orlando, Inc., abbreviated as AFGO. The chapter encompasses the four counties of Central Florida including Orange, Seminole, Lake and Osceola. AFGO was initially created as a section of Rollins College in 1959 and became independent in 1975. It is a non-for-profit 501(C)(3) organization . Its goals are identical to those quoted above. Our fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30. AFGO is managed by a President assisted by a Board of Directors, all volunteers elected for one year.
Our students enjoy free membership for the duration of their course registration in our Language School. Though we encourage membership, it is not necessary to be a member to participate in our events. We welcome volunteers who are willing to give their time and expertise in certain areas to help run our association.