What is Friends for Dinner?
Friends for Dinner is a collaboration between local churches and Christian student organizations to connect friendly Americans with international students in order to show them hospitality and build friendships.
We understand that international students coming to the U.S. will have many new and exciting experiences as they study and live in a new culture. Yet leaving home to live in a foreign country can also leave them feeling disoriented, lonely and homesick.
In 2012, a small team of volunteers in Ottawa, Canada came together with a vision to help church families befriend international students at local colleges and universities by inviting them into their homes during the traditional holidays of Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
Since then, Friends for Dinner has hosted hundreds of international students and has spread to other cities across Canada. It is now in the U.S., Australia, and Germany.
How Do I
How To Participate
Select the option below and let us know if you are an international student or are interested in becoming a host
Our Next Event
Easter is the celebration of Jesus Christ’s resurrection. Families and friends usually gather together for a special meal and Christian families will attend church together.
This year Easter is on March 31. If you would like to be invited to share a meal with a local American family to celebrate Easter please click on your city to see if registration is open.