No one should have to spend the holidays alone: that’s the thought behind the International Student Centre’s annual Host for the Holidays program, which matches eager students from overseas with local families welcoming them for a holiday meal.
“The students are looking for a traditional experience, whatever that may be in your household,” says the centre’s director, Beth Oakley. “We need your help to make this holiday season one to remember for our international students.”
Lori Powers hosted a group for Thanksgiving dinner and says the addition of new friends made it her family’s best ever.
“The students that attended are wonderful young men who fit in perfectly with our family,” she says. “They shared stories and traditions from their culture and families and learned all about our families and traditions. When we went around the table to say what we were thankful for, there was a common theme of friends, family, and good health. We’re not so different after all.”
The winter holiday will see hosts invite international students to their homes on December 24, 25, or 26.
Those hoping to participate, either as hosts or guests, must fill out a short application to help organizers match the needs of both:
The deadline to apply as a host for this holiday season is Friday, December 15; all matching will be completed by Wednesday, December 20.