This orientation is intended to be both a look back at the students' exchange so far and to think about how to obtain 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 connect with other AFSers, giving the students something to look forward to during the post-holiday doldrums.
Given the realities of the 20-21 cycle, and the implementation of the Student Learning Journey 2.0, we recommend that volunteers use the 20-21 Virtual Mid-Stay Orientation presentation for their Mid-Stay Orientation this cycle. This presentation can be adapted to and used in an in-person setting, if permitted by local and state guidelines regarding in person gatherings, and during which related and CDC guidelines are followed.
Please note, the 20-21 Virtual Mid-Stay Orientation is read or view only. Please download or save a copy of the presentation in order to make any edits and customize it for your event. The beginning of the presentation contains several slides that explain what the students should have covered thus far in previous orientations and in the online modules of the Student Learning Journey 2.0 and related facilitated dialogue sessions. They also contain links to additional resources for facilitators. These slides will not appear to viewers when in presentation mode.
Preparation Prior to the Event
Please make sure to send students the following documents to complete prior to the event, asking them to return the completed Check-In Sheet to you as soon as possible.
Mid-Stay and Host Families
While we have not provided orientation content for Host Families, we recommend reaching out to Host Parents at the same time as you are inviting the students to the Mid-Stay Orientation and providing them with the following reminders.
- Be patient and supportive with your student's possible feelings about being stalled in their genuine friendship building; it's normal for mid-stay.
- Encourage your student to be reflective about what else they want to accomplish or do during the rest of their experience and to discuss this with you.
- Remember that misunderstandings are often based on cultural differences. If there is tension around a certain behavior or attitude, seek to explore and understand what the intention is behind it, and discuss this with your student and other family members as appropriate.
- You can always talk with your liaison about your student/family relationship and any other concerns. Don’t wait for them to contact you!
Please remember to log your orientation and participant attendance in Global Link too. Thank you!