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Conversation Partners & Friendship Families Needed for International Summer Program!

Are 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 all over the world 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.

We are expecting approximately 25 Japanese students coming to Emporia this summer.

We need the following volunteers:

  • Conversation Partners: 25 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.

    Duration of their stay: June 16th - July 28th, 2017
    If you are interested, please complete the form below.

    Click here to fill out the form! 
Conversation Partner

  • Friendship Families: Up to 15 families who are willing to host one or two students. We need families who can provide opportunities for the students to visit, enjoy a meal, and share insights about American country and culture. The program also gives friendship families the opportunity to learn about another country’s culture, holidays, and language. You may visit with student once or more over the program, depending on your and the student’s schedule.

    Duration of their stay: June 16th - July 28th, 2017

          If you are interested, please complete the form below.

          Click here to fill out the form!

Host Family

If you prefer filling out the forms manually, we have paper forms in the office (Lower Level of Memorial Union) as well.
Please feel free to stop by and pick them up.

Please do not hesitate to contact Chie ( or the Office of International Education if you have any questions.

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