This orientation is intended to be both a look back at the students' exchange so far and to think about how to grab the maximum benefit from the remainder of the exchange. It can be an opportunity to assess any support issues, reiterate any points that need emphasis from previous orientations, and, most importantly, have fun, giving the students something to look forward to during the post-holiday doldrums.
AFS standards are that the Mid-Stay is optional in that teams can provide a Mid-Stay or choose not to provide a Mid-Stay. If a team chooses to provide a Mid-Stay, it is a mandatory orientation for the students.
Usually the Mid-Stay is on a weekend in January (May for Winter Participants) with at least one overnight stay.
All of the resources you need to conduct a mid-stay orientation are listed below and attached.
- Mid-Stay Orientation Leader Guide
- Mid-Stay Orientation PowerPoint (optional but highly recommended)
- Mid-Stay Orientation student Self Survey (required)
- Mid-Stay Orientation Optional Survey for Host Siblings (optional)