This orientation helps students reflect on their whole experience and connect what they learned and how they've changed their future goals and dreams. This is an essential event for debriefing students about their intercultural journey.
By participating in these events, we hope participants will:
- Understand a framework for the re-entry phase of the exchange experience (Honeymoon, Reverse Culture Shock, Recovery, Reintegration).
- Consider coping skills to help ease the re-entry process.
- Process the exchange experience in a supportive environment.
- Increase awareness of intercultural learning and personal growth that emerged, and continues to emerge, as a result of the AFS experience.
- Begin/continue integrating the AFS exchange experience and personal growth into daily life in the United States.
- Explore options to develop leadership skills as global citizens, including specific opportunities for continued involvement with AFS.
- Re-entry Orientations are typically longer in duration and offer formal orientation content.
- Welcome Home Events may be shorter, include less formal content and are typically designed around a shared meal.
- Some teams may choose to combine the Re-entry Orientation or Welcome Home event with other orientations or AFS gatherings. If you and the other volunteers decide this is the best scenario for the team and the Returnees, it is important that the Returnee aspects of the gathering are equally important to other components and that the Returnees needs are addressed.
- As with other AFS orientations and gatherings, Re-entry Orientations and Welcome Home events should be budgeted and paid for using co-support payments and any other Team and Chapter funds. These events can be simple and include a potluck or be more lengthy and may include an overnight stay.
Attached are printable handouts that can be used in the re-entry orientation.
Find Recent Returnees in Your Team
Teams will be provided Co-support funds based on the number of hosted and sent participants in their team. Accounting and reports of expenditures are required.