While this is still a time to address the AFS Educational Goals, because of the timing and emotional state of the students, keep the learning touch points simple, practical and relevant for the first few weeks. Volunteers conducting this orientation should focus on helping students understand that AFS is there to support them and show them ways to seek practical support.
The arrival orientation is usually the first formal contact students have with AFS in the host country. The most significant role of this orientation is for students to receive logistical information and contact details about the local AFS organization, including tips on how to stay safe.
Below are the resources you need to conduct an arrival orientation. All handouts are attached here.
- Arrival Orientation Leader Guide.
- Arrival Orientation Powerpoint Presentation (optional but highly recommended). Note that a less colorful version is available here.
- Required handout: Student and Host Family Questionnaire
- Required handout: School Questionnaire
- Optional activity: The AFS Pledge
- Very useful handout for students: AFS Educational Goals
- First Days checklist (This is used by some area teams that have newly arrived students students stay with the host family for a few days prior to arrival orientation.)
- Arrival Orientation Survey