In light of the uncertainties and complexities surrounding COVID-19, AFS-USA will run a series of National Virtual Pre-Departure Orientations for the SH21 departure cycle. Led by staff and volunteers, the PDO webinars will focus on the intercultural learning aspects of the student preparation and complement the concepts covered in the Student Learning Journey.
Staff will also invite students to participate in National Virtual Pre-Program Prep webinars covering topics such as the AFS Support Chain of Communication, Cultural Adjustment, AFS program policies, etc.
As was the case in NH20, Gateway Orientations will not take place in the SH21 cycle. Travel and logistics webinars will be held that include a detailed review of international flights, logistics for the day of travel, and travel safety protocols. Students will continue to receive their travel notification shortly after their program has received a “green light.”
All SH21 participants will be invited to register for Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO) per this MyAFS News item (coming soon). To see if students from your area have registered for a PDO, contact Lauren Kramer at email@example.com.