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Conversation Partners & Friendship Families Needed for International Summer Program!

Summer Conversation Partner ProgramAre you staying in Emporia this summer? Looking for something exciting to do?

International Summer Program Operations are looking for anyone who is interested in being a conversational partner or a friendship family with international students this summer.

Emporia State University has hosted the International Summer Program since 2003. We welcome students from Sakae Study Abroad Institute for an educational and recreational program aimed at preparing students for a successful college career and a unique cultural experience in the heart of America.

International students are often far from home and do not see their families for months or even years. Being without their families and friends and adapting to a new culture and a new school can be difficult in many ways. The warm support of community and members families can help ease their stress and fears.

There will be approximately 20 Japanese students coming to Emporia this summer.
We need the following volunteers:

  1. Conversation Partners: 20 volunteers who are willing to spare 1 hour each week to chat with a student. All you need to do is just have some informal conversations with students once a week and encourage them to practice speaking English during the stay in Emporia.

    The program will consist of two separate groups of students, the first group coming on June 5th, and the second group coming on June 20th, 2014. We need volunteers for both of the groups.

    If you are interested, please complete the form below.

    Click to Download the Form (The First Group: 6/8/14-8/1/14) - FULL
    Click to Download the Form (The Second Group: 6/22/14-8/1/14) - FULL

    You may send the form via an email yhoshino@emporia.edu or stop by the Office of International Education to drop off the form.


  2. Friendship Families: Up to 20 families who are willing to host one or two students. We need families who can provide opportunities for the students to visit, enjoy an occasional meal, and share insights about American country and culture. The program also gives host families the opportunity to learn about another country’s culture, holidays, and language. You may visit with students weekly or bi-weekly, depending on your and the student’s schedule.

    The program will consist of two separate groups of students, the first group coming on June 5th, and the second group coming on June 20th, 2014. We need volunteers for both of the groups.




Please do not hesitate to contact Yukii (yhoshino@emporia.edu) or the Office of International Education if you have any questions.



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