Teams have the option to hold in-person or virtual orientations. However, any in-person orientation must include a virtual option given that some volunteers, participants and host families will be more comfortable attending a virtual orientation. AFS-USA staff are developing best practices for resuming in-person orientations and will make this information available in the coming weeks.
Volunteers must continue to follow state, territorial, tribal, and local recommendations and requirements for in-person gatherings.
Orientation materials for hosted students are being revised on a rolling basis to include content specific to the 2021-22 cycle, and to accommodate a virtual format.
Similarly, the Host Family Orientation materials for 2021-2022 will be available soon. They are currently being revised to include new information specific to this cycle and to accommodate implementation in a virtual format.