Volunteer Hosts Needed
Would you like to . . . Learn about other countries and cultures? Share your favorite activities and traditions with a new friend? Welcome an international student to the New Haven community? Then you would make a great Community Friend of a Yale International Student!
The Office of International Students and Scholars is looking to expand its Community Friends of Yale International Students Program. We are currently seeking volunteers to “host” new international students as they adjust to life in a new country. In your role as host, you will share your hospitality and local knowledge with the student by inviting him or her to share a meal, join in a family activity, or participate in a holiday tradition. Getting to know the student, in turn, offers you a unique opportunity to learn about another culture firsthand and to see the United States through the eyes of a visitor.
The time commitment will vary depending on the relationship that develops between you and the student. At a minimum, you are expected to be in touch with the student throughout the academic year and to invite him or her to share in an occasional meal or activity. Individuals, couples, and families of all sizes are invited to serve as hosts.
Arthur Hunt, a Yale staff member and host, describes being paired with an international student as “a wonderful way to broaden our knowledge of another culture and country, to hear a ‘local’ perspective on his/her country's events in the news and to learn how he or she views world events.” Hunt and his wife are hosting their third student this year and “they have all been terrific,” he says.
For more information and to fill out a short host application, please visit http://www.oiss.yale.edu/hostfamily/default.htm.