A program at Missouri University of Science and Technology helps international students adjust to life in the United States and in the Rolla area by pairing them with local individuals and families.
“The relationships these international students develop with members of the community are often the most rewarding and memorable experiences they have,” says Roberta “Birdie” Morgan, program director in the international affairs office. “Everyone involved benefits.”
Through the program, community members and international students share meals, conversations and other activities. The locals have a chance to learn about another culture while sharing their own. They are not asked to assist the students financially or provide housing.
Missouri S&T’s International Friends Program will introduce students and community members at a reception at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in S&T’s Southwestern Bell Cultural Center, 1207 N. Elm St. in Rolla.
Prospective participants are asked to fill out and return a questionnaire by Monday, Nov. 5. The downloadable form is available online. Forms are also available in S&T’s Applied Language Institute located in Room 113 of the Southwestern Bell Cultural Center at 1207 N. Elm St.
For more information on the program, call 573-341-6640 or email student coordinator Rebecca Holmes.