IFP Host Information

Do you enjoy making friends with people from other cultures? Hosts in IFP represent all walks of life and have diverse backgrounds and interests. Families with children, single parent families, couples and singles of all ages participate as hosts in the program. What do hosts have in common? A desire to learn about culture and to help new students learn about American culture. Hosts enjoy including students in family activities and local events.  

When can I join?

IFP volunteer hosts are matched with international students and scholars at multiple times throughout the year. Typically host recruiting begins in late December for new students arriving in January, and May for new students arriving in June, July or August. In addition to reaching out to new students at the start of each semester, IFP matches hosts for one-time events, typically for a meal in the host’s home – in the spring, summer, or during official Purdue holiday break periods. Sign up for holiday breaks begin in mid-October for Thanksgiving and Winter Break matching.

What am I signing up for?

Hosts may choose to sign up for a one-time get-together, or to meet with their students over the course of a semester. Some volunteers sign up for both! However hosts decide to participate, it is up to the host to make arrangements with their student about where and when to meet. Note: Hosts have no legal, financial or housing obligations to their student friendship partners.

How often do we meet?

IFP friendship partners typically enjoy spending time together in hosts' homes over a meal, or at a local event or area attraction. Those participating in the semester program strive to meet monthly.

Process for becoming a host:

  1. Indicate interest by emailing friendship@purdue.edu
  2. Attend an orientation seminar.
  3. Complete a host application at the seminar or online at https://www.ippu.purdue.edu/SSL/IFP/hostsignup.cfm.
  4. Receive an email from IFP with your student match info.
  5. Make contact with your student matches and set a time to meet.
  6. When possible, participate with your students in an IFP event.
  7. Provide feedback to IFP coordinator as requested.

Do friendships last? What is the expectation?

Many hosts and students do continue their friendship beyond a one time get-together or one semester. Some keep up friendships over the course of the student's time at Purdue and beyond. It's really up to participants how long they would like to continue meeting. Some hosts indicate that they do plan to continue to meet informally, and when they do, they can let IFP administrators know and their names are added to the IFP "Friends Club." Participating in the Friends Club allows hosts and students to receive invites to special activities and events sponsored by IFP.

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