Volunteers agree to participate for a one year period and are matched one-on-one with a new incoming Marquette international student. We call these volunteers community friends. The program does not involve home-stays, but rather involves regular get-togethers at a time that works for you and your student.
Ideally, community friends meet with their students once a month to learn about each other’s cultures while sharing social or family activities. Activities can include almost anything, and many friends will find they share an interest in sports, cultural events or outdoor activities. Others may find that they just prefer to meet for coffee once in a while to chat.
We recommend that friends include their student in activities that they are already involved in, as opposed to creating special events. These are often an excellent way for our students to learn about American culture.
To volunteer, complete the online application below. Please include your hobbies and interests, which enables the program staff to make appropriate matches.
Questions? Contact Erin LeMoine, marketing and communications coordinator.