The same process is used to enter many different kinds of requests as defined below. If you are unable to enter a request, please ask a volunteer leader or your Hosting Programs Specialist (HPS) to give you the appropriate affiliation.
Regionally Available or Nationally Available
These statuses are used to denote that a student is available. Students from larger partner countries (defined as partners that send 50+ students to the U.S.) will be assigned to international travel gateways (New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Dallas, Minneapolis, Seattle, and Los Angeles) and made Regionally Available. The following countries will have their students assigned to their gateway regions right away: Austria, Chile, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, and Thailand.
Students from all other countries (including YES and CBYX students) will initially be made Nationally Available and can be placed with a family in any team.
If you have a student on Hold for a family, and the family decides they are not interested in that specific student, please enter a "Release AT Hold" request to move the student back to Regionally or Nationally Available so that other families can consider the student.
Area Team Hold
Area Team Hold requests are used to set aside a specific student for a specific family to consider over the course of three days. To learn more about Holds, please read Placing a Student on Hold.
Teams are asked to select students they will commit to placing locally. These students are called "Community Placed." To learn more about the process of Community Placing students, please read Selecting Students for your Team.
Sometimes schools are willing to accept students even if a host family hasn't been identified yet. This can be a great strategy for securing school spots. Some schools will even help promote the student or identify families for us. To learn more about securing a student for a specific school, please read Placing Students Directly in Schools. Volunteers with the affiliation "Hosting Placement Requester" can make a School Placed request in Global Link using the instructions found here.
Placed without Papers (PWP)
When a family commits to hosting a particular student, a Placed without Papers request is entered into Global Link. Volunteers with the affiliation "Hosting Placement Requester" can make this request in Global Link using the instructions found here. The student will remain in this status until all approvals and paperwork are completed at which time AFS staff will move the student to Family Placement Confirm (FPC). You can learn more about this status by reading Placing a Student with a Family.