The Welcome to the USA handbook and Safety Tips for the USA are provided to all AFS hosted students prior to their arrival into the U.S. You can download a copy of these handbooks as a reference. It is also good to check to make sure that the hosted students in your community have a copy of each. It is not uncommon for students to lose or forget to bring a copy of the handbook when they travel to the U.S.
An addendum to the Welcome to the USA handbook and Safety Tips for the USA can be found here. This addendum highlights new realities due to COVID-19. The information in this document supersedes related information found in Welcome to the USA and Safety Tips for the USA.
In addition, please see Major Changes to Welcome to the USA & Safety Tips 2021-2022 for a list of changes from the 2020-21 version of each document.