This is the last Orientation that occurs before a Hosted Student returns to his or her home country. It occurs the day before D-Day (Departure Day from the Gateway site), which is generally the last Monday or Tuesday in June. This orientation gives the students one last chance to say goodbye, gather together, and gain closure around their AFS experience.
The end-of-stay orientation helps students reflect on their whole experience and connect what they learned and how they've changed to their future goals and dreams. This is an essential event for debriefing the students about their intercultural journey.
Most teams will need to recruit a bus or flight chaperone to accompany students to the gateway.
All of the resources you need to conduct an end-of-stay orientation are listed below and attached.
- End-of-Stay Orientation Leader Guide
- End-of-Stay Orientation PowerPoint (optional but highly recommended)
- End-of-Stay Orientation (required handout for students): FAQ and Travel Info
- End-of-Stay Orientation (optional activity): Thank-You certificates for Host Parents
- End-of-Stay Orientation (optional activity): People Bingo