End of Stay

Sunday, June 23 - Salmon Creek United Methodist Church located at 12217 NE Highway 99 Vancouver WA.  The drop-off time is at 8:00-8:30 pm

Before you leave your host family's home for the end-of-stay event, make a copy of your passport/visa and your DS2019. Please remember to keep your passport and other travel documents in your backpack or purse and NOT in your suitcase. Pack the passport copy in a different carry-on bag or location than your passport.

FAMILIES: we ask that you stick around until your student has had his/her bags weighed and measured. If any bags exceed weight and/or size limits set by the airlines, you may need to bring those extra items home with you and have them shipped to your student's home. (See discussion on baggage below.) You can also take a cell phone photo of your student's itinerary so you can track their voyage home.

Frequently Asked Questions
Baggage Information
Flight Information
At the church
At the airport
Things you should have in your purse or carry-on

Host Family Orientations

The US Department of State requires every host family to attend an in-person host family orientation. The in-person dates are scheduled as follows:

  • Sunday, JUNE 30 - 3:00 - 5:30 pm at the McMenamin's Kennedy School, Community Room, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Portland OR 97211
  • Sunday, JULY 21 - 2:00 - 4:30 pm at the Clackamas Fire Station, 9339 SE Causey Ave., Happy Valley, OR 97086
  • Sunday, AUGUST 4 - 2:00 - 4:30 pm at the Camas/Washougal Fire Station #42, 4321 NW Parker St., Camas WA 98607
  • Sunday, AUGUST 4 - 3:00- 5:30 pm in Tillamook, location TBD (contact Julia Kettner, (503) 812-9995)

You are only required to attend one of these sessions. One adult per family is required, however, we recommend having both parents attend.

Here is the link to reserve your spot! --->Host Family Orientation

Liaison Training:

Sunday, July 28 - 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm (beverages and snacks served)
Clackamas Fire Station (Station 05)
9339 SE Causey Ave., Happy Valley, OR

For more information, see our liaison page.


Your student's travel arrangements to the US are arranged by the AFS organization in his/her home country. All students coming to our area will fly into SEATAC airport, then get bussed together to Portland on EITHER August 7 or 8, depending on their itinerary. THIS IS WHEN YOU WILL BE PICKING UP YOUR STUDENT. Please make sure someone in your family is available to pick them up. The pick up location will be at the Best Buy parking lot  (at Cascade Station near PDX, 9739 NE Cascades Pkwy, Portland, OR 97220). Please note that students coming via government "sponsored programs" (e.g., FLEX, YES, CBYX) may have later and/or different arrival times and if you are hosting one of these students, you will be contacted separately.

Optional Trip - AFS Cultural Trip - Pendleton Round-Up

September 13 and 14, 2019
Cost $75
See more information on the Events/Round-up page
Printable pdf
ign up here