International Friendship Program
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The International Friendship Program at Purdue known as IFP provides the opportunity for community residents of Greater Lafayette to extend hospitality to Purdue international students and scholars and offer friendship in a meaningful way.
The first semester a student or scholar is in the U.S. is the most critical time of cultural adjustment. Students far from home are curious about the American way of life. They are eager to make friends with Americans but don't know where to begin. IFP serves as a bridge program that helps new international students and scholars connect to their local community. The relationships that are formed help them transition to living in the U.S.
Who joins IFP?
Participants are from all walks of life and have diverse backgrounds and interests.There is no typical volunteer host. Families with children, single parent families, couples without children and singles all participate as hosts in the program.
When can I join?
IFP volunteer hosts are matched with international students and scholars at seven or eight key times throughout the year.
What am I signing up for?
Hosts and students may choose to sign up for a one-time get-together, such as during a holiday break, or they may choose to meet over the course of a semester. Some volunteers sign up for both! Whichever way students and hosts decide to participate, each are able to get acquainted with new friends from other cultures, and their lives are richer for it!
How often do we meet?
IFP friendship partners typically meet together in hosts' homes over a meal, or at a local event or attraction. Those participating in the semester program strive to meet monthly.
Do friendships last?
Many hosts and students continue their friendship long beyond a one time get-together. Some keep up their friendships over the course of the student's time at Purdue and beyond! It's really up to you.
Note: A community volunteer has no legal, financial or housing obligations to their student friendship partner.