An introduction to the nuts and bolts of preparing to study and live abroad, this webinar, run by AFS staff, focuses on what participants can expect between now and departure. Topics will vary depending on the length and type of your program and may include tips for the host family experience, academic credit, fundraising, language testing, and COVID-19 considerations.
Step 1. Program Prep Webinar
Step 2: Local Pre-Departure Orientation (In-Person or Virtual)
A local orientation that introduces you and your parent(s)/guardian(s) to how AFS operates in your community. Run by local volunteers, this event usually includes former AFS students and provides an opportunity to ask questions and engage in experiential learning activities with fellow AFSers.
Step 3: Online Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO)
This mandatory online orientation is a required course to be taken before you depart the U.S. Covering AFS history, rules and expectations, adjusting to life abroad, and safety and support while on program, think of this as your AFS 101 prerequisite course.
Step 4: AFS Student Learning Journey Online Component
All AFS participants going abroad will be enrolled in the online component of the Student Learning Journey, which is a blended learning course that allows you to begin the international aspect of your experience before you go abroad.
Consisting of self-directed learning modules, activities, videos, quizzes, and a reflection forum, participants will also have the opportunity to connect with each other in real-time during a series of webinars.
Step 5: Navigating your Heritage and Ethnicity & Navigating your LGBTQIA+ Identity Webinars
These important and optional webinars are run by AFS staff, alumni, and others who will share related opportunities and challenges you or others may encounter while abroad. We’ll review strategies for supporting yourself and your peers during the exchange experience. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Step 6: Travel Prep Webinar
An interactive webinar to discuss preparing for your departure, day of travel procedures, emergency contacts and arrival in your host country. You will have the opportunity to ask travel-related questions.