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Online Re-entry Orientations

Returning home from an exchange program often comes with challenges, like experiencing reverse culture shock and missing one’s host community. We know that the distress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the abrupt end to our 2020 programs has made that readjustment more difficult for many.

That’s why we have adapted our existing Re-Entry Orientations for students returning to the U.S. These orientations, now offered virtually in webinar format, continue to encourage and guide students to reflect on and grow from their intercultural journeys after they return home. Students have access to wellness tips and dedicated time and virtual space to process stress and disappointment, as well as new ways to connect virtually with other AFSers. For more information and questions about these webinars please contact [email protected].

Young Alumni Resources

Global Competence Certificate

AFS-USA is providing an opportunity for U.S. Returnees to earn a Global Competence Certificate (GCC), an online course created by AFS International for AFS Partners around the globe to use. The GCC is a blended learning program that develops tangible global skills essential to live, work, and make a real social impact around the world. For more information about the coursework, please explore here. Enrollment in the GCC will open in the Fall of 2020—check back this page for updates in the Summer!

Readjustment Resources during COVID-19

Here you will find trusted sources of recommended precautions and actions, as well as advice on coping with this extraordinary situation.

Alumni Webinars

Learn about opportunities to document your second language skills with the Global Seal of Biliteracy, leverage your AFS experience through your resume, interviews, or in your college application essays and more.

Continue to Explore the World While Social Distancing

As we’re social distancing, we can still learn online with each other, create global solidarity, and plan our next adventures. 

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