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International Programs

Friendship Family Program

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The Friendship Family Program matches international students with families in the local community.  Students do not live with their friendship family, rather they get together every so often throughout the year to have dinner together, attend festivals, and sometimes celebrate holidays together.friendship family

friendship familyEach year students from around the world come to Linfield College to broaden their education. Some come for a four year-degree, some come for a one semester or one-year program. All students have a desire to know about American life. International students bring with them fascinating histories and fresh perspectives, which can enable you to learn and better appreciate the different cultures that encompass the world around you.

A Friendship Family can be a single person, a retired couple, a traditional family with children or a family with no children. The Friendship Family Program is a series of enriching experiences that you set up, at times that are mutually convenient for you and your student. You meet with your student a minimum of once a month and share activities such as:

  • dinner in your home
  • watching your child’s sporting event
  • attending a movie or play
  • going on a picnic

 Cultural self-awareness allows us to see that our way of doing things is but one of many different but equally “natural” ways.  This volunteer program is designed to supplement the students’ academic experience by getting them off campus and into our community.

How to Apply

What you need to apply:

First and foremost – be willing to share your life with another, which means

  • opening your home and heart to a stranger.
  • having a compassionate and open-minded attitude.
  • be willing to grow in your understanding of the world.
  • having a delightful time with a talented, motivated and engaging young person!


  • Shannon Dunn, Community Liaison and Friendship Family Coordinator