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You can find all the events and important dates for Partners of the Americas Hosting Families and Traveling Students below. If you would like to see just those events that affect your family, please use the links below.

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Please Note:

We want to do the best job we can of preparing you for your experience as a Partners traveler. In order to do so we require your attendance and full participation at orientations. Aside from the Informational Session, all other orientations are MANDATORY.

Parents are welcome to attend the January Informational Orientation. One parent for each student is REQUIRED to attend the June Parent and Student Orientation. All other orientations are students only.

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December 2018

Ticos Arrival in Oregon- First Session Families ONLY.

December 8, 2018 @ 10:00 pm - 10:30 pm

*FIRST SESSION FAMILIES ONLY* Ticos are flying via Mexico City this year. Arrival is expected at 10:05 PM. Keep a watch on the flight tracker. Meet in baggage claim near international arrivals. Please check in with Lauren upon arrival at the airport.

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January 2019

Change of Families – 1st session families only

January 5, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Father Bernard Youth Center, 980 South Main Street
Mount Angel, OR 97362 United States
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Change of Families Location: Shalom Prayer Center @ Fr. Bernard Youth Center 900 South Main Street Mt. Angel, OR Phone #: (503) 348-1058 Purpose: Session I Host families have lunch, watch a presentation by the group and say good-bye to your Tico/a.

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Change of Families – 2nd session families only

January 6, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Father Bernard Youth Center, 980 South Main Street
Mount Angel, OR 97362 United States
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Change of Families Location: Shalom Prayer Center @ Fr. Bernard Youth Center 900 South Main Street Mt. Angel, OR Phone #: (503) 348-1058 Purpose: Session II Host families have lunch, watch a presentation by the group and meet your Tico/a and take them home.

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Chaperone Applications Due

January 15, 2019

Postmarked or emailed by January 15, 2019

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Optional Informational Orientation- Salem

January 20, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty St. SE
Salem, OR 97301 United States
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Optional Informational Orientation Salem Public Library Anderson Room B

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February 2019

Costa Rican Group Departs OR

February 2, 2019
Portland International Airport, 7000 NE Airport Way
Portland, OR 97218 United States
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Costa Ricans Depart Oregon 2nd Session Host Family bring student to airport.

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April 2019

Group Presentation Learning Session

April 14, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Dance with Joy Studios, 8051 SE16th Avenue
Portland, OR 97202

Group Presentation Learning Session REQUIRED FOR ALL APPLICANTS The date, time and location are tentative. Please check back for updated information.

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June 2019

Parent/Student Final Orientation

June 2, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
South Salem High School, 1910 Church Street SE
Salem, Oregon 97302

Parent/Student Final Orientation REQUIRED FOR ALL APPLICANTS   Applicants will practice the Thank You Presentation from 11:30-1:30. Parents are required to attend the orientation from 1:30-3:30 with their traveler.  

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September 2019

Home Visits

September 1, 2019 - November 10, 2019

Committee members will visit any applicant's home who are new to our program. Once application is submitted host family will be contacted by a committee member to schedule a visit.

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October 2019

Deadline for Host Application

October 27, 2019

Submit host application online and email or send school permission form to [email protected]

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November 2019

Host Family Orientation Meeting (first option)

November 20, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Portland Mennonite Church, 1312 SE 35th Ave
Portland, OR 97214 United States

Required attendance to one of the meetings by one parent and the host sibling for those who have not hosted through our program before. Lots of great information to make your hosting experience successful!

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December 2019

Host Family Orientation Meeting (second option)

December 3, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Salem Mennonite Church, 1045 Candlewood Dr NE
Keizer, OR 97303 United States

Required attendance by one parent and the host sibling for those who have not hosted through our program before. Lots of great information to make your hosting experience successful!

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Costa Rican Group Arrives

December 7, 2019
Portland International Airport, 7000 NE Airport Way
Portland, OR 97218 United States

Costa Rican group arrives 1st Session Family Pickup at Portland Airport Flight arrives at 12:15 pm - United #1938

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January 2020

Changeover Weekend – Host Families 1st Session Only

January 4 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Change of Families Location: Shalom Prayer Center @ Fr. Bernard Youth Center 900 South Main Street Mt. Angel, OR Phone #: (503) 348-1058 Purpose: Session I Host families have lunch, watch a presentation by the group and say good-bye to your Tico/a.

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Changeover Weekend – Host Families 2nd Session Only

January 5 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Change of Families Location: Shalom Prayer Center @ Fr. Bernard Youth Center 900 South Main Street Mt. Angel, OR Phone #: (503) 348-1058 Purpose: Session 2 Host families have lunch, watch a presentation by the group and pick up your Tico/a.

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February 2020

Costa Rican Students Depart

February 1

Second session families will bring their tico/a to airport and say goodbye! It will be a very early morning, as the flight departs at 5:00 am - United #2082. Ticos need to be at the airport by 3:00 am!

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Optional Informational Orientation

February 2 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Wilsonville Public Library-Rose Room, 8200 SW Wilsonville Rd
Wilsonville, OR United States

Learn about the 4 or 8 week exchange program from program volunteers and former travelers. Details about the program and application process will be discussed. We look forward to seeing you there! Pura Vida

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Travel Application Due Date

February 15

Travel Applications due. All aspects of the application must be completed for an application to be accepted. Application and instructions can be found at: https://www.partnersorcr.com/travel-instructions/#travelapply

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Getting to Know You Orientation

February 23 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
South Salem High School, 1910 Church Street SE
Salem, Oregon 97302

Getting to Know You Orientation REQUIRED FOR ALL APPLICANTS Lunch Provided During this orientation, potential travelers will participate in a variety of group activities to get to know each other and the Partners of the Americas committee will get to know students and begin to assess their suitability to travel with the program.

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March 2020

Student Interviews Orientation

March 15 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
South Salem High School, 1910 Church Street SE
Salem, Oregon 97302

Student Interviews Orientation REQUIRED FOR ALL APPLICANTS Bring your own lunch!

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