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33 YES students of the 2017-18 batch were welcomed at the Delhi airport on 9th June by AFS India staffs. All the students stayed till 11th June to be part of the YES Re-Entry orientation in New Delhi.
The orientation was facilitated by AFS India staffers. The orientation sessions mainly focused on reflecting on their experiences, dealing with reverse cultural shock, weaving AFS experience in participants’ life, intercultural learning concepts (communications styles, AFS educational goals, cultural continuum etc.), common challenges & solutions with the tips for re-adjustment in the family, school, and society.
YES Returnee were also given stars by AFS India to recognize their engagement in activities during their journey in the USA . Each one was appreciated for doing well during their exchange year. YES returnees were also given an idea about chapter engagement.
On the 11th June, the students got a chance to interact with the representative from American Embassy. We had Bryce A. Isham , ACAO for Exchanges and Alumni U.S. Embassy, New Delhi and JP Das , Country Exchanges Advisor Public Affairs Office, US Embassy American Center and Ridhima Chabbra , Cultural Affairs Assistant – Alumni Outreach & Programs, Public Affairs Office, US Embassy, New Delhi at the orientation camp. The students shared their experiences with them. The officials also informed them about various opportunities available for them. The interaction with the officials made the participants realize the value of being YES Alumni and how they can use the resources that are available for them. We’re thankful to American Embassy officials for taking out time and meeting with the participants.
We wish the newly YES graduates good luck. We look forward to seeing them get engaged and participate in various activities. We’re thankful to the chaperone, Lily Wiggins, for being there and taking care of participants throughout the journey.
Photo Below: During Session