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.

Sign Up

Once you choose your serve, click the “get connected” button and fill out the form. We will follow up with details and the organization will contact you with instructions

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.

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.


"Cleveland Race"

When: September 7th

Where: 5055 E. Wallings Road Broadview Heights, OH 44147

What: IFI is partnering with Cuyahoga Valley Church to organize a race across Cleveland with their young adult ministry. All participants will meet at CVC and be given a variety of tasks to complete in the city. They are in need of volunteers to both administrate the race and compete with IFI students.


Cleveland Council for World Affairs Host

When: September 15th

Where: Various Locations

What: IFI has signed up to be a host for the Cleveland Council for World Affairs. This event will welcome a variety of international leaders to learn about religious freedom and interfaith dialogues in the West. IFI is looking for hosts to help welcome the delegates.


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