This orientation focuses on students reviewing their entire experience, making sure they plan for the last weeks and get ready for the challenges waiting for them back home. It generally occurs 4-6 weeks before departure.
If known and if not already shared with participants, you may also want to provide host families and students with information about any End-Of Stay Orientation plans and/or logistics.
Students should be reminded that after school is out, there might be a number of friends and teachers whom they will not see again, so they need to say goodbyes and thank yous before school ends. Focus discussions on what students have learned, how they have changed during their exchange, and what lessons they should be taking home with them.
We have provided a Pre-Return Orientation to be used in a virtual format, and all previous Pre-Return Orientation materials remain below for our reference as well. Volunteers are encouraged to download or save a copy of the presentation in order to then edit it to suit their team.
Past Pre-Return Orientation Materials
Pre-Return Orientation PowerPoint (optional but highly recommended)
Pre-Return Orientation Activity (optional): Sharing Experiences
Pre-Return Orientation Activity (optional): Returning Home Quotes
Please log your orientation in Global Link - thank you!
Note: If you would like to save printer ink, make sure to print the Pre-Return Orientation Leader Guide in black & white