While the world may not expect a return to complete normalcy in the coming year, with a vaccine for COVID-19 being rolled out nationally and internationally, AFS-USA and the AFS Network are optimistic that conditions for hosting international exchange students will be significantly improved by this summer/fall.
Students who we expect to be on our program are aware that this coming year is likely to continue to be different than pre-pandemic years. They are aware that they are coming to the US during a worldwide pandemic, and they know that family life, school life, and travel opportunities may not be what they had envisioned.
Those of us who have seen former students return for visits know that, at its core, the hosting experience is about the connection between a student and a family. These relationships can be built even during the time of COVID-19 and will far outlast the pandemic.