University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

International Friendship Families needed

The Office of International Programs is seeking Friendship Families to pair with international students.

The UND International Friendship Program is a non-residential friendship program organized by the Office of International Programs through which international students are connected to volunteers in the greater Grand Forks community. The program’s primary goal is to promote and facilitate cross-cultural friendship by introducing international students to a local friend from the community (a family, couple or individual) who will befriend them, introduce them to the local community, and enjoy the opportunity for cultural exchange. The local friend will provide an informal introduction to life in the United States, while students help their American friends learn more about other cultures.

These friendships provide participants with opportunities to explore cultural issues and gain a better understanding of the role they play in the larger world. The cornerstone of any friendship is respect, so participants are asked to respect each other's religious, cultural and political beliefs and refrain from trying to change them. This is a non-residential program, not a "host family program" and does not involve home stays.

Please contact Rachel at the International Centre for more information or an application.

-- Rachel Walker, International Programs, 777.6047,,