A series of webinars have been held to help volunteers learn more about hosting processes. Below provides a list of available webinars and their description. To learn about upcoming national webinars, click here.
Click here for a 49-minute video on electronic Hosting Resources. This webinar from March 2019 walks through how to use Help & Learning, where to find available Marketing Resources, how to use Hosting Lead Management in Global Link, and the ins and outs of the MyAFS widgets related to Hosting (Placements, Team Directory, and Interviews).
Focus on Schools Webinar
Click here for a video on connecting and building relationships with schools. This webinar from April 2019, presented by Sarah Yancey, AFS-USA Board Member, and Jeff Burtner, Sr. Team Development Specialist, gives an in-depth look on making and maintaining connections with schools and educators.
In this hour-long video AFS volunteers and staff shared best practices on making successful hosting calls, finding and reading student and host family applications, deciphering program codes, entering placement requests, and sending electronic PAFs.
Host Family Orientation
AFS teams are expected to provide in-person host family orientation locally to help prepare host families for their hosting experience. Click here to learn more about these orientations and to watch a webinar on Host Family Orientation Best Practices.
Inbound Sponsored Programs
This one-hour webinar from July 2019 provides an overview of our Government-Sponsored hosting programs including:
- how these students are selected
- techniques for promoting these awesome students
- special considerations when securing and orienting host families
- how Sponsored Programs funds work for teams and host families
The webinar focuses solely on the hosting side of Sponsored Programs and is especially beneficial for all hosting volunteers and for any support volunteers and liaisons who will be working with Sponsored Programs students. The slides from the presentation can be found here.
Final Hosting Push in August... Welcome families to the rescue?!
This 40-minute webinar from August 2019 shares success stories of how teams across the country have overcome the challenges of using Welcome Families. It also share some tips and tricks for matching students and families to help reduce support issues and also ensure each student has a family.