Overall, 52 Host participants attended the orientation, along with 05 facilitators and the Hosting Team from the National Oﬃce. The facilitators equipped the participants with various talks and sessions which were focused to prepare them with the focus of re-adjustment and re-entry to the natural countries. The participants were given individual counselling moments, recognizing the dive of their exchange journey.
The orientation served as moments of introspection for the participants with real and unreal expectations. This also becomes a reason to retrospect on their actions and look forward on their goals especially in returning back gratitude to their host communities, the shortcomings to pick themselves up and recognize the positivity in their learning for the future.
On the intercultural aspect, there were sessions on Cultural Continuum with the meeting trajectories for two Icebergs, Wall of Success, Reﬂecting Challenges upon return, Critical Incidents and Future Goals, My tool bag, Returning Home & What I miss, Before & After Perspectives, Seeing with New Eyes, Bridging the Gap, Preparing to let go and lastly writing letters for next genera on along with a plan of Actions.
Equally, the Host participants also had the opportunity to visit their respective Embassies with 14 country representations along with AFS India Staﬀ. Embassy visits were an integral part of sharing
#AFSeﬀect with the oﬃcials. Hosted participants engaged in an interactive discussion where they shared about their me in India focusing on the skills and experiences they learned during the AFS Study Abroad experience. The Embassy Oﬃcials enjoyed the me spent with the hosted students and wished them best for their future.