Connecting International Students with Friendly AMERICANSFriends For Dinner
Welcome to Friends for Dinner! We are a hospitality program that brings International Students into the homes of friendly Americans for a tasty meal during the traditional holidays of Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
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 and now in the U.S.
How Does It Work?
For both Students and Hosts, it only takes a few minutes to fill in a registration form. Select the appropriate section below to get started.
We will carefully match registered students and hosts together. Matching is based on location, available dates, and other preferences. We will then send the contact info to both students and hosts.
Enjoy Your Meal!
The host will contact their international student guests to invite them to their home. All that remains is to enjoy your meal together and begin a friendship!
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 celebrates the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. People often attend a church service and spend time with family and friends. This year Easter is on April 9th.
If you would like to participate, please register by March 28th.