AFS India National Event
Conducted in New Delhi- 14th June 2016
Our 2016 batch of Young ambassadors came together to attend the PDO Camp in Delhi. It was a 4 days camp in Delhi and this year where we had total of 59 students participating in the same. 40 students has been shortlisted to go to USA on YES program while 19 students to Germany, Belgium Flanders, Italy, Denmark, Austria, Canada, France, Czech Republic, Switzerland and USA on AFS program.
The orientation was conducted by 3 IND staffers along with 2 AFS-YES Alumni, Yashodhan Shende&Surbhi Bhat. The sessions focused on setting the student’s expectation from the program, AFS Rules and communication channel, Iceberg concept of culture and tips for adapting in new culture, DIVE model, Communications Styles, Journaling, Etiquettes, Indian Traditions & Religious Matters, Stereotypes & Generalizations, Learning Objectives from Participants, Budgeting and Being an ambassador.
During this orientation, sessions were done while keeping in mind the concepts of Intercultural Learning. In this orientation, new methodologies and techniques were adopted to carry out the sessions which made participants interact and take active part in group activities and energizers.
We had officials from American Center, Matthew K. Asada, First Secretary for Exchanges and Education and JP Das, Country Exchanges Advisor, Public Affairs Office, at the orientation. They interacted with the participants, shared adjustment tips and talked about the value of exchange program. We’re thankful to American Center officials for joining us.
One of the highlight of the orientation was the talent show where participants from various cities came together to showcase Indian culture and tradition. It was a successful orientation as it was a learning experience for all the participants.