Opportunities with International Friends

    Date Posted: 
    Wednesday, December 16, 2020

    International Friends, associated with the University of Arizona through the International Student Services office,  is seeking hosts from OSC staff and faculty as well as new graduate student participants. They match Tucson area hosts with international students to do activities together and to promote international understanding. In fact, some of our very own OSC students have participated in the program and loved what the group added to their college-experience.

    Students do not live with hosts. Rather, hosts and students do an activity a month together, perhaps a hike, a meal, or even just coffee. For more information, please see their website. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, International Friends requests that all new matches initially be virtual, and that all participants follow both CDC and University of Arizona guidelines. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns at info@ifriendstucson.org.

    For Hosts

    Why host an International Friends student? Why be a friend to an international student studying at the University of Arizona?

    • To share a slice of American life with international students.
    • To enhance your appreciation of other cultures and countries.
    • To help ease the adjustment of international students into our community.
    • To have fun!

    To complete an application form, please go to the website and click on the “Join Us” link. Then click on the “Host” link, and complete and submit the application form

    For Graduate Students

    Why join International Friends? Why be a friend to a Tucson resident?

    • To experience American life with Tucson residents.
    • To share your country's cultures and customs.
    • To help ease your adjustment to life in Tucson.
    • To have fun!

    To complete an application form, please go to the website and click on the “Join Us” link. Then click on the “Student” link, and complete and submit the application form

    Pat Gilman, Co-chair of International Friends shares her experience hosting international students.

    Over six years ago, my husband and I signed up to be hosts for International Friends. We now host six international students from five countries. These students are smart, hardworking, and eager to learn more about culture here in the United States. One of them got married this summer in our backyard, and we have met our students’ families when they have come to visit or for graduation. I also spent a day with a student’s mother when I visited India last year. Our relationships with these students have greatly enhanced our lives.