Being Mindful of Sensitive Situations
There are circumstances that our participants may find themselves wherein they are apprehensive about others’ reactions, due to cultural norms or otherwise, and would prefer to keep the situation to themselves or within the host family until they return home (e.g. certain medical conditions, being a victim of harassment, etc.).
Participants may be unaware of the resources and support AFS can provide them in these types of circumstances. It is important to know that AFS Liaisons undergo training so that they are well-equipped to support our participants and host families under such circumstances.
If you find yourself in a position in which your hosted participant is dealing with a sensitive situation regarding their personal safety or well-being and they have asked you to not share it with others, it is important that you share this information with your liaison. Your liaison has the resources and discretion to provide or obtain the appropriate support for you and your participant to process the experience of the program every step of the way. It is also important to tell your participant that by informing the liaison, you can work together to find a solution.