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Student brochure International Friends

  1. 1. Interested? To learn more, attend one of the meetings below. between cultures All Meetings are in the Millennium Student Center (MSC) Room 316 ―My wife and I met our American friends Jan 14 (Mon), 4:00–5:00 pm, MSC 316 through this program last fall. In the past year we had many memorable moments together, spending Thanksgiving at their parents’ farm, Jan 16 (Wed), 4:00-5:00 pm, MSC 316 decorating Easter eggs together, cooking American and Chinese food, watching our favorite movies, and playing video games. Most importantly, we shared our opinions and thoughts on life and society. We become good friends in spite of our different culture backgrounds. This friendship is a gift and we Developing will cherish it forever.‖ —Chinese International Student Any questions? Please contact: a friendship ―We can honestly say that we love these friends with all our hearts. We’ve spent hours and hours talking and sharing ideas and Bryan and Cecile Ames with an International Student Friendship feelings. Learning about each other’s culture. Enjoying each other’s food. Not to mention laughing really, really hard!‖ Representatives American —American Host Family umslxa@gmail.com (314) 485-9125 host A service of Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship, a Recognized Student Organization at University of Missouri—St Louis. This service is provided without cost or obligation.
  2. 2. It’s hard What’s the purpose of the But I’m a little nervous about to leave your family, your friends, program? meeting a host family! The International Student Friendship Befriending someone from a different and everything familiar. To travel program seeks to: culture might seem daunting, and you around the world to a new country • Introduce international students to life might worry about how to relate to and try to make it feel like home. in the U.S. in a warm, friendly way someone from a completely different To struggle to adjust to a new • Acquaint families or individuals with background. culture with new customs. To try to other cultures through personal relationships and mutual respect earn a degree at a university by learning in a language that's not What would my your native tongue. International students face lots of challenges. responsibilities be? To meet with your American host a And over 70% of the internationals minimum of once a month for one studying in the U.S. will leave school year to enjoy an activity that’s fun having never entered an American for both of you. That’s all! home. The International Student Don't worry! Your American family will Friendship program is designed to What could I gain from the simply invite you into their life. You can help. It matches every program? talk. Ask lots of questions. Laugh. Share participating international student • The chance to meals, both from your culture and theirs. with an American host. You can experience life in the Play games. Celebrate holidays. Visit make a new friend and experience U.S. through the eyes of interesting places. Sometimes just American culture in a new way! an American conversation and the exchange of ideas • A family to be a part of can be more important than a whirlwind while you’re away from home of activities, especially to a busy • The opportunity to develop your student! So above all, you can simply language skills with native English enjoy the chance to relax and feel at speakers. home with your new "away from home" • An opportunity for an enduring, life- family. long friendship with someone from another culture. Statistics from ―The World at Your Doorstep,‖ by Lawson Lau.

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