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Volunteer for International Student Welcome

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Each semester, hundreds of new international students arrive at MU. They participate in International Student Welcome the week before classes begin — a time of introducing new international students to life at MU and in Columbia.

Volunteers are needed to help run all of the events during International Student Welcome. They help serve meals, lead small group sessions and assist with the shopping trip. Volunteers are also needed during the couple of weeks prior to International Student Welcome to provide a friendly welcome and assist new international students arriving at Columbia Regional Airport.

Everyone is welcome to help out — U.S. and international students, MU faculty and staff, and community members. Just bring yourself and a friendly attitude. If you are interested in volunteering for next semester's International Student Welcome, please complete and submit a volunteer application. If you have volunteered for a past orientation/welcome, you may also consider applying to be a volunteer coordinator.

For more information, please contact

Volunteer coordinators

  • Volunteer coordinators train, equip and encourage International Student Welcome volunteers.
  • To be a volunteer coordinator, you must:
    • Have participated as a volunteer in a past orientation/welcome,
    • Be willing to participate in a three-hour training session,
    • Be willing to email and contact welcome volunteers.
  • To apply to be a coordinator, submit a volunteer application and indicate your interest in being a coordinator. Complete the additional questions as prompted.