Study Abroad Calendar

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August

Prepare
  • Confirm fall study abroaders have registered for Launch, Journey, and a Digital Small Group
Receive
  • Contact spring returnees for brief check-in and invitation to upcoming debrief
  • Host debrief for spring returnees
Engage
  • Find out date of fall campus study abroad fair

September

Prepare
  • Give announcement at large group (timed with campus study abroad fair) and provide sign-up sheet for discernment and prayer in near future
  • Have discernment conversations and prayer times with prospective study abroaders
Support
  • Continue follow-up for fall Launch, Journey, & Digital Small Group registration
  • Challenge fall study abroaders to invite another Christian student to Launch
Receive
  • Coach spring returnees to have discernment conversations and pray with prospective study abroaders
Engage
  • Have spring returnees and other previous study abroaders host campus-wide event for all returnees and offer prayer afterward for anyone having difficulty re-entering US culture

October

Prepare
  • Give short study-abroad announcement during fall conference and host an interest table at a meal
  • Check in with students applying to InterVarsity semester programs; spring applications due Oct 15
Support
  • Skype fall study abroaders who attended Launch to hear their commitments, pray, and encourage them to invite a non-Christian friend to Journey
  • Confirm fall study abroaders have connected with IFES
Receive
  • Have spring returnees host IFES World Student Day and share testimonies at that week’s large group
Engage
  • Have spring returnees invite non-Christian friends to hear testimonies at large group

November

Prepare
  • Have small group leaders find out who is studying abroad next spring
  • Order SENT handbooks from staff store
  • Schedule send-off orientation for soon after Thanksgiving
  • Encourage spring study abroaders to register for Launch, Journey, and a Digital Small Group
  • Schedule commissioning for final large group
Support
  • Follow up with fall study abroaders who have not yet registered for or invited a non-Christian to Journey
  • Send virtual or physical care package to fall study abroaders; have chapter sign card at large group
  • Have fall study abroaders send video blessings for commissioning at final large group
Receive
  • Connect with any spring returnees who have not yet plugged back into small group or large group
  • Consider soon-to-return fall study abroaders in apprenticeship/leadership plans for spring semester
Engage
  • Host “Keeping Your Faith While Studying Abroad” interfaith panel during same week as campus study abroad logistic orientations

December

Prepare
  • Host send-off orientation; ask students to bring program calendar with orientation & spring break dates so they can sign up for Launch and Journey
  • Have last spring’s returnees lead commissioning prayer at final large group
  • Remind spring study abroaders to register for Launch and Journey
Support
  • Invite fall study abroaders to participate in January NSO & other chapter plans
Receive
  • Schedule half-day or daylong debrief for fall returnees in January

January

Prepare
  • Confirm spring study abroaders have registered for Launch, Journey, and a Digital Small Group
Support
  • Continue follow-up for spring Launch, Journey, & Digital Small Group registration
  • Challenge spring study abroaders to invite another Christian student to Launch
Receive
  • Contact fall returnees for brief check-in & invitation to upcoming debrief
  • Host debrief for fall returnees
Engage
  • Have fall returnees and other previous study abroaders host campus-wide event for all returnees & offer prayer afterward for anyone having difficulty re-entering US culture

February

Prepare
  • Host missions-themed large group with announcement about all InterVarsity missions opportunities (Study Abroad, Global Programs, Global Urban Trek, Urban Programs) and discernment prayer time afterward
Support
  • Skype spring study abroaders who attended Launch to hear their commitments, pray, and encourage them to invite a non-Christian friend to Journey
  • Confirm spring study abroaders have connected with IFES
Receive
  • Have fall returnees share testimonies at missions-themed large group
Engage
  • Have fall returnees invite non-Christian friends to hear testimonies at large group

March

Prepare
  • Check in with students applying to InterVarsity Semester Programs; fall applications due April 15
  • Schedule send-off orientation for late April or early May
  • Order SENT handbooks from staff store
  • Schedule commissioning for final large group
Support
  • Follow up with spring study abroaders who have not yet registered for or invited a non-Christian to Journey
  • Send virtual or physical care package to spring study abroaders; have chapter sign card at large group
  • Have spring study abroaders send video blessings for commissioning at final large group
Receive
  • Connect with any fall returnees who have not yet plugged back into small group or large group
  • Consider soon-to-return spring study abroaders in apprenticeship/leadership plans for next year; consider appointing Study Abroad Coordinator to oversee calendar items

April

Prepare
  • Have small group leaders find out who is studying abroad next fall
  • Host send-off orientation; ask students to bring program calendar with orientation & fall break dates so they can sign up for Launch and Journey
  • Have last fall’s returnees lead commissioning prayer at final large group
  • Order InterVarsity Semester Programs booklets from staff store
Support
  • Talk to spring study abroaders about chapter leadership selection for next academic year
  • Skype spring study abroaders who attended Journey to hear how God met them
Engage
  • Host “Keeping Your Faith While Studying Abroad” interfaith panel during same week as campus study abroad logistic orientations

Summer

Prepare
  • Give short study-abroad announcement during chapter camp and host an interest table at a meal
  • Skype fall study abroaders to pray & follow up about Launch, Journey, & Digital Small Group registration
Receive
  • Schedule half-day or daylong debrief for spring returnees in August
Engage
  • Meet with campus study abroad office to share about Semester Programs, offer “Keeping Your Faith While Abroad” interfaith panel, and returnee event