Generally, all Sponsored Programs students are expected to depart in the first or second week of June, specific travel dates will be shared with students about halfway through their program cycle. Students must travel on their assigned departure date with their country cohort.
FLEX students choose from a select number of different departure dates, all between mid-May and mid-June. Depending on the departure date FLEX students choose, they will either travel to Washington, D.C for a special End-of-Stay Orientation or depart right for their home country with a layover at Dulles Airport in Washington, DC. During the End-of-Stay orientation, students will attend workshops on leadership and discuss organizing alumni activities once they return to their home countries. The FLEX Team at AFS-USA will contact students directly with more specific information about departures.
CBYX students are generally scheduled to depart the U.S. in June. They will travel from their host community directly home. Prior to their departure, CBYX students will receive specific departure materials and attend activities run by AFS-USA staff, including discussions on what it means to be a CBYX alumnus and how to stay connected once they return home. As soon as dates have been confirmed, the CBYX Team at AFS-USA will contact students and host families directly with more specific information about departure logistics. Reach the CBYX Team at AFS-USA with any questions at CBYX@afsusa.org.
YES students will travel to Washington, D.C for a special End-of-Stay Orientation, after which they will fly to their home countries. During this End-of-Stay YES Orientation, students will attend workshops on leadership and discuss organizing alumni activities once they return to their home countries. They will also meet with the Department of State Educational and Cultural Affairs Bureau. The country that your YES student is from will dictate when they depart from their host community, usually sometime in mid-June. The YES Team at AFS-USA will contact students directly with more specific information. General information is posted on the AFS-USA website (password: yes) around the middle of the program cycle, typically in January/February.