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International Friendship Family Program seeks volunteers

ONU faculty and staff are invited to be part of the 2011-2012 International Friendship Family Program.

What is the International Friendship Family Program?

This program was designed six years ago to facilitate relationships between international student at Ohio Northern University and the Ada community. Participants have the opportunity to learn about other cultures and teach international students about life in the U.S.

The program has benefitted both the international students and the families.

This is not a home-stay program. Instead the family and the international student decide how often they will meet. Monthly meetings are recommended. The family or individual volunteer will be cultural guides to the unique aspects of Northwest Ohio. During the academic year there are mixers and potlucks to bring the group together.

What are the benefits of participating in this program?

The International Friendship Family Program is an opportunity to teach and learn with very talented individuals from unique cultural backgrounds.  Every year more than 40 international students come to study and experience life at Ohio Northern. These students bring with them a wealth of knowledge and a different perspective on many issues. But they also want to experience the United States. Spending time with local residents is one of the best ways to experience the U.S

How can I get involved?

It's easy!

1. If you have a spouse or family, talk to them to see if they would also be interested in participating the International Friendship Family program.

2. Contact Ryan Radebaugh,, international services coordinator for an application form.

3. International Admissions and Services will try to pair volunteer families with an international student who shares common interests. If you know of families or individuals in the area that would be interested in participating, feel free to share the information!