As the aim of the program is to provide an immersive experience, participants remain on the program for the duration of the program. You will not be permitted to return home for any reason, including for important events and activities, such as holidays, birthdays, graduations, family weddings, etc. Exceptions are only considered for family emergency situations, which are handled on a case-by-case basis together with your parent/guardian, implementing organization, and the U.S. Department of State.