PFO 2020

PFO 2020 at Houghton has been cancelled. Stay tuned for alternatives!

Getting You Ready to Go!

PFO 2020 prepares Christian educators and staff, boarding personnel, administrators, and their families for service in Christian international schools abroad. Participants who attend PFO 2020 will start their new assignment overseas with more confidence, transition more successfully, work with TCKs more effectively, and stay longer at their international schools. Join us this summer at the lovely Houghton College campus, located in upstate New York.


Features to look forward to at PFO…
  • The lovely campus of Houghton College just two hours from Niagara Falls
  • Come and make new international friends
  • Meet others, like you, who are called to teach and serve internationally
  • Get your kids excited about Camp PFO, an transition experience specially designed for your children, they will learn while you learn
  • Meet and spend time with caring advisors who have “been there, done that”
  • Enjoy fantastic all-you-can-eat food and ice cream every day!
  • Learn from expert presenters on topics that will get you ready to serve in your international Christian school
  • Take advantage of informal times with fellow participants and presenters around meals, coffee times, and breaks
  • Engage in simulations that get you moving and thinking
  • Bring your heart and mind along and express your learning through a daily journaling assignment
  • Enter into daily worship with the PFO community band
  • Take time to enjoy the outdoors and take a refreshing walk on the trails surrounding Houghton NY
  • Participate in an advising group for sharing and prayer
  • Relax in a housing suited to your and your family’s needs—but don’t forget to take advantage of the free laundry facilities
  • Take part in interactive learning sessions with fellow participants
  • Enjoy the campus coffee shop and bookstore on campus
  • Stay in touch with Wi-Fi wherever you go on campus and stay plugged into PFO with the conference app that guides you through each and every day
  • Did I mention the daily ice cream?
Topics

  • Transition Skills
  • Introduction to Culture
  • Understanding Our Own Culture
  • Entering Cultures Different From Our Own
  • The Transition Experience—Leaving and Entry Implications
  • Third Culture Kid (TCK) Profile and the Implications of Third-Cultureness
  • Learning to Adapt Cross-Culturally
  • The Care and Protection of TCKs
  • Understanding Personal Differences
  • Living in Community

Tracks will include training for teachers, boarding personnel, accompanying spouses, and more. Included is a fully complementary program for children and teens about to go overseas with their parents.

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