June 25, 2019–July 3, 2019
Houghton, NY

Getting You Ready to Go! 

PFO 2019 prepares Christian educators and staff, boarding personnel, administrators, and their families for service in Christian international schools abroad. Participants who attend PFO 2019 will start their new assignment overseas with more confidence, transition more successfully, work with TCKs more effectively, and stay longer at their international schools.

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IMPORTANT: Please download the tutorial for more information on how to complete the registration process. 

Process of PFO


Tim Shuman Jerry Jones Debbie MacCullough Kristi Schliep Damian Tapley Brian Weidemann
Tim Shuman Jerry Jones Debbie MacCullough Kristi Schliep Damian Tapley Brian Weidemann

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  • 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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Schedule Detail

The PFO 2019 program will begin on the morning of Tuesday, June 25, and will end after the supper banquet on the evening of Wednesday, July 3. Participants should plan to arrive on Monday, June 24 between 9:00am and 8:00pm to settle into their housing. All participants will depart campus on Thursday, July 4th before 12:00pm. 

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Children's Curriculum and Staff

Getting You Ready to Go includes your children. While you are going through the PFO adult program, your children—nursery through high school—will be engaged in an exciting program of their own that is complementary to yours. Our skilled teachers, who all have international experience, will prepare your children for transition in age-appropriate, engaging, and fun ways.

They are amazing


Pricing includes room and board at the dorms at Houghton College and program fees. Families will be kept together in housing suitable for the family size. Singles will be assigned two to a double room. Does not include transportation fees from Buffalo-Niagara airport to Houghton College and back. Transportation fees are $40 per person, round trip. Bus times can be picked during the registration process. 

Adult: $1590 per adult
Teen (12-18): $1060
Child (5-11): $900
Pre-K/Nursery (0-4): $500
Head of School: $500

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PFO will feature an event app that will launch prior to the beginning of the program. Stay tuned!

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IMPORTANT: Please download the tutorial for more information on how to complete the registration process.

Questions? Contact the PFO Coordinator.

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