The following email was sent to faculty and staff by the Director of International Student and Scholar Services and Advising Patricia Lausch on Friday, August 21.
I am writing to extend to you the opportunity to participate in the International Student Friendship Program. On August 24, 2015, we will welcome over 85 new students with citizenship from outside the U.S. to Bryn Mawr as they arrived for International Student Orientation.
The International Friendship Program provides new students with an opportunity to get to know a local individual or family during her/his first year at Bryn Mawr. Most volunteers are Bryn Mawr alumnae and/or faculty and staff who have expressed an interest in meeting and getting to know and provide extra support to international students while they are away from family and friends back home. Contact between hosts and students may be in the form of a phone call or e-mail every now and then to check in. Often friendship partners may share time together at a movie, shopping, or at a family or holiday meal.
If you are interested in being an International Friendship Host, please let me know. Responses by September 4would be greatly appreciated. Matches between hosts and students are done mostly at random. However, requests for students from specific countries, with certain interests or who speak certain languages would be considered, but not guaranteed. We plan to host an International Friendship Program reception to connect students and hosts early in the fall semester. Details about the reception will be available in early September.
I am happy to answer any questions you may have about becoming involved.