The Mid-Year Orientation is designed to provide additional support to students and host families at the midpoint of their exchange experience. The Mid-year orientation takes place when students and host families have been living together for about five months. It gives everyone an opportunity to examine their experience thus far, to identify their concerns, and to set realistic goals for the time remaining. The mid-year orientation gives students and host families an opportunity to share their thoughts and feelings as well as to seek advice from YFU volunteers and other students.

Mid-year orientations are required for students and strongly encouraged for host parents. Mid-Year LOOP.


Required Student Sessions (Close to 4 hr + lunch & 2-10 min breaks)

To ensure that orientation programming is consistent in content and quality across the YFU network, we provide these requisite sessions. While their use is compulsory, orientation presenters are encouraged to implement their own teaching styles and methods.

Midyear Summary & Guidance from E & T–This document shares helpful information to anyone facilitating a local orientation.

ENERGIZERSThis is a helpful handout with 5 – 10 minute songs/energizers with hand and body movements, to use during breaks on orientation day. Thank you to former students from around the world for sharing your favorite energizers!

Click here for a link to more energizers!

Parent Sessions (2hr & 20 min)

Supplemental & Optional Activities
-If you have more than 4 hours for your Mid-Year orientation, these supplemental sessions are available to enhance the program.

  • Chatter– This activity may be used in Session #5-Communication
  • Colored Glasses Manual – The present Coloured Glasses manual is the result of long-term co-operation and contributions of many YFU volunteers and staff across Europe. The manual has been revised and updated throughout the years by a number of individuals with expertise in the field of intercultural learning and practical experience in facilitating Coloured Glasses workshops. Check out this resource!

ORIENTATION FACILITATORS: Please take a few moments to share your sign in sheet with E & T as soon as possible after each orientation so we may accurately track attendance.

Scan and email all documents to Orientations@yfu.org

Send expense reports to our new address:


Attn Education & Training

6856 Eastern Ave NW Suite # 310

Washington, DC 20012


Admin forms


BACKUP and webinar information

One-on-One Orientation

If a student cannot attend their in-person Mid-year orientation, please have their Area Rep or a volunteer arrange a time to share the materials. Be sure to submit a sign in sheet or click and download the Individual Orientation Reporting Form linked here. 

Webinar Orientation

Midyear orientations are required for students. Links to register for the Mid Year Orientation webinar–coming soon!