Exciting news! Our “Navigating Uncertainty: Resources for Thoughtfully Processing Your Time Abroad and Your Return” guide has been named a 2020 GoAbroad award winner for the category of Innovation in Alumni Engagement!
AIFS recognized that having a study abroad semester interrupted by the COVID-19 global pandemic was an extremely difficult challenge for many college students who were overseas, and wanted to provide a means of support for our own soon-to-be alumni. Navigating different bureaucratic environments, quarantines, isolations, and general unknowns can be very scary and overwhelming. As such, the Navigating Uncertainty workbook and guide were created to provide our alumni with the tools for unpacking the emotions behind their return. It also provided alumni with resources as a means of support in the weeks and months following their arrival back home. Students were offered opportunities to engage with AIFS Study Abroad staff to reflect on and discuss returning under these circumstances, and share the lessons learned throughout their experience.
A very special thanks goes out to GoAbroad for this award and for recognizing our initiative! We are always proud to support our students, both during and after their study abroad experiences.