Volunteer interviews are a critically appreciated and essential part of preparing AFS students for their experience. These interviews are required by the hosting partner, and can be done over Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, etc.
In years past, most of the students, parents, and guardians were accustomed to having significant camaraderie with a dedicated Study Abroad Specialist. Given our reduction in staff resources we are a smaller but still dedicated group that continues to aim to provide the best possible experience for our applicants and their parent(s)/guardian(s). However, we don’t have the same resources to dedicate towards applicants that we had in prior years.
Volunteers can help the Study Abroad team by stepping in and becoming a guiding and reassuring voice so that they remain committed to having an AFS experience. Volunteers are not expected to have all of the nitty-gritty information on all of the countries, programs, and processes, but their voice of assurance and direct communication with the Study Abroad team will help retrieve the answers/info and provide it to families through direct engagement. This is an important component of the process and enhances the applicant experience tremendously.