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Post Arrival Orientation for our 2017-2018 Students in Tahoe!

The AFS Silver and Gold team of volunteers joined our hosted students on the banks of Lake Tahoe for this year's Post Arrival Orientation.
Students spent Saturday afternoon in discussion groups as they discussed the challenges, fears and solutions to living abroad as an axchange student for the years.  The evening festivities started with "Minute to Win it" games which was a fun bonding experience before the students set up for our first annual Cultural Bazaar - The students had an awesome time and the experience was so great that we are hoping that next year we can do it for the families.  As darkness fell the students went outside for a campfire, singing and of course S'mores!
Sunday we were joined by the host families and they participated in their own discussion groups and shared their experiences with the other host families.  Much thanks to all that helped and participated.

Welcome to our new Students and Host Families with Orientations in Winters

On Saturday August 11th - Volunteers, students and families came together in Winters to celebrate and prepare for the new hosting season.
Joan Martinez opened her lovely home in Winters for the students to gather and meet one another as they discussed challenges and ways to cope with their exchange year. Many thanks to Jennifer Grace and her volunteers for leading them through their discussions, providing lunch followed by a "typical" California pool party!
Kim Olivas was able to open her school library to host a concurrent orientation for the host families led by her and Ed Condon. The families were eager to share (may I even say brag??) about their students and asked a lot of questions about how to make this a smooth year for their new kids.

 Hosted Students Say Good-Bye to Silver and Gold

On June 24th, our hosted students gathered one more time together to say a sad good-bye to their host families and reflect on the year they spent with us here in California and Nevada.  What started with tears on leaving their families, turned into smiles and laughter as they told their stories and watched the slideshow their families help to create for them. Volunteers spent the afternoon preparing them for their journey home and they spent part of the afternoon writing thank you notes to their families as well as creating a "welcome" banner for the new students arriving in 2 short months.
We want to thank them for a wonderful year - we will miss you!