Ways to Get Involved
Volunteering with International Student Programs is a wonderful way to demonstrate gracious hospitality to our students who are far from home. As you care for these students, you'll no doubt make new friends and expand your own understanding of the world and develop greater intercultural awareness. International Student Programs has four ways that you can get involved. Please note, that you must be a current student or employee to volunteer. Below you can learn more and sign up when you're ready.
This program exists to connect current international students with a network of employees and students who have volunteered to assist with a variety of transportation needs. Whether it's getting off campus to do a little shopping, heading to a medical appointment, or going to the local airport, bus or train station for breaks, volunteers in this program can meet critical transportation needs for our international students.
This is a great way to volunteer at a low-commitment and as-needed/when-available basis to offer hospitality and care for our international students, while also learning about another's culture and developing friendships.
To apply as a volunteer, click on the link below. If you have any questions about this program, please fee free to contact the Intercultural Office.
Transportation Provider Application (open to current employees and students with cars)
Thanksgiving Dinner Host
This program exists to connect current international students with families of current employees and/or students so they can experience a Thanksgiving meal together. Volunteering to open your home over this important U.S. American holiday is a great way to demonstrate hospitality and expose international students to something new. International students needing/wanting to experience a home-cooked Thanksgiving meal are paired with a volunteer host family early enough in November for all of the details to be worked out together. International Student Programs will facilitate the initial communication and provide any ongoing support as needed.
To apply to serve as a host for a current international student for Thanksgiving dinner, click on the link below. If you have any questions about this program, please feel free to contact the Intercultural Office.
Application for Thanksgiving Dinner Host
Friendship Family Program
The goal of this program is to provide a place of
comfort and connection for international, missionary, and transcultural
students while they're away from their families and home. It offers
students an opportunity to further interact with U.S. culture,
experience Christian hospitality and develop lifelong friendships. This
popular program involves employee families and individuals who volunteer
to provide care and hospitality to students in whatever way they can. While not required, families
that are able to may sometimes provide accommodation for students when
college housing and dining services are closed during breaks.
If you have any questions about this program, please feel free to contact the Intercultural Office.