International Friendships

IFI is a Christian organization that works with universities and volunteers to promote friendship and hospitality for international students and scholars. IFI links international students with American volunteers from local churches who are interested in cross-cultural exchange and who help meet the various practical needs internationals face in living in another culture.

Current Serve Opportunities

Find a Serve

Your first step is to check out the current serve opportunities below and see which one you and your LifeGroup might want to engage.

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Follow Through

It is vital that once you make the connetion, you follow through well. Make sure to respond to your organization contact in a timely manner and prepare well for your serve.

Dinner After Dark

When: May 11, 18, 25; June 1 2019

Where: Lakewood

What: The month of Ramadan is quickly approaching for Muslims.
This is the month when Muslims abstain from food and drink during the day,
but gather with family and friends to break the fast after dark. It is a significant time of reflection and community with many rich memories. Knowing that it is often emotionally difficult for Muslim international students to be away from their families, we are hosting a series of "Dinners after Dark" to build relationship and community through food and conversation.

We would love to have 5-10 volunteers join us in welcoming, serving, and conversing with the students that come. The time commitment will be from 7:30pm-10:30pm on any Saturday during Ramadan i.e. May 11, 18, 25 or June 1. Volunteers are encouraged to bring an appetizer to share without pork and alcohol and a few lawn chairs.


Friendship Partners

When: Various Dates

Where: Various Locations

What: IFI is currently seeking Americans interested in serving as Friendship Partners to international students studying at Cleveland-area universities. Friendship Partners commit to meeting at least once a month with the international student with whom they are matched. Meeting up could be as simple as getting coffee together or sharing a meal in a home. It could also include family functions such as meals, movie nights and kids' sporting events.


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