An estimated 80 percent of international students never set foot in an American home while visiting the United States. Our program aims to change that statistic, one student at a time.
In the American League of International Friendship Encounters (LIFE) program, the International Center matches international students and scholars with area community members. This cross-cultural friendship program provides the students with a more intimate and authentic experience of American culture.
By befriending international students, participating LIFE volunteers help to alleviate loneliness and anxieties while providing insight into American life. Personal interactions add to the students’ experiences and also open the eyes and minds of American friendship partners, who learn about the international students’ cultures.
For details, consult the Community Member Guide.
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