PFO 2017

June 24, 2017–July 7, 2017
Houghton, NY

Committed to Serve—What's Next?

Partner with ACSI to ensure that your new staff start better, transition faster, and stay longer. Pre-Field Orientation (PFO) is an annual conference for teachers, boarding parents, administrators, and their families headed to international Christian schools. This invaluable two-week training will prepare and equip participants to be as effective as possible in their new environment.

Houghton College
One Willard Avenue
Houghton, NY 14744

PFO Dates

Check-in Begins: Saturday, June 24 at 1:30 PM
First Program Session: Sunday, June 25 at 3:00 PM
Conclusion: Friday, July 7 at 8:30 AM 

Program Outline

Download the Program Schedule

Understanding the Third Culture Kid (TCK)

TCK Profile—The Third Culture Syndrome
Developing and Releasing the Potential of the TCK
Dealing with Differences
The Transition Experience—Understanding the Challenges of the TCK
The Missionary Family and the MK (Missionary Kid) TCK

Understanding Ministry Issues

The MK School and International Christian School Communities
Personal Inventory/Impact for Service
Individual Differences in Interpersonal Relationships
Trust, Self-Esteem, Communication, Conflict

Understanding Cultural Differences

Developing Attitudes and Skills for Effective Entry
The Host Country Culture
The Mission Subculture
Living with Daily Cultural Stressors

Understanding the Task

Issues in Curriculum and Instruction—A Spiritual Dimension, an International Dimension
Cultural Differences in Education
Professional Challenges in the New Setting—Adaptation Skills
Relationships in the Boarding Home
Resources for Boarding Home Parents
Parenting Skills


PFO Costs

Registration Fees

Adult: $1,895

Teen: (9–18) $1,195 

Child: (5–8) $1,015

Nursery: (0–4) $605

Registration cost includes program fees, housing, and meals during the conference.

Registration will be open soon!

For questions or queries, please contact the PFO Coordinator.

Register now!


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