Comments from Students

Listen to 2015-2016 Brazilian exchange student Marina Pazeti share how IFP not only helps students learn about other cultures, it also helps them learn about themselves and their own culture.

I had a really nice time with the Nielsen family. It felt just like home! They provided us with such wonderful hospitality. We played board games and had a nice chat on different cultural diversity related topics. – Khalil Mayar, Host-A-Boiler, Christmas 2015

Other Student Comments

I had never met a whole American family before, so it was very good for me to get closer to them and know a little more about their culture. It opened my mind and helped me understand that everybody has different traditions. – Paula Andrea Marin Agudelo, Spring 2016

In IFP you can practice the language and do other things besides your academic assignments. The host family can be a real family that can give you support in difficult moments. – Oriana Blandon Pulido, Spring 2016

IFP is a valuable experience to share traditions and culture - not only of Colombia, my country, and the U.S., but also of China, where another student of my host family was from. Together we could exchange interesting things about our different cultures. It was a great experience for me! – Liliana Marcela Daza Gomez, Spring 2016

It was good to learn about American traditions and lifestyles, as well as to build some links and friendships. It was also a good opportunity to practice my speaking skills and to include new words in my vocabulary. – Saitel Daniela Agudelo Sanabria, Spring 2016

It was an absolutely wonderful experience meeting Sarah and her extended family. The gathering reminded me of the warmth and happiness of a large family, something I have back home during the Chinese Lunar New Year. – Yuhan Huang, Host-A-Boiler, Christmas 2015

Bauer Family Christmas

I met my partner almost once a week. She always drove me to her friend’s home so that we could chat together. This really helped me to improve my English. This Friday, we went to a Corn Maze which was an unforgettable night. - Lu Jia Wei, Fall 2014

My host family invited me to their home on my birthday and to their sons' soccer games, and I invited them to my apartment to have dinner. Because of them, this trip to America is more meaningful. – Shi Zeng, Fall 2014

My hosts are very friendly and open-minded. We went to a movie on Labor Day, visited Wolf Park and played racquetball. When my mother and brother visited Lafayette we all had dinner at Mike and Andrea’s home. Everyone had a great time and got to know the other cultures represented. – Daniel Meijer, Fall 2014

I went to the Feast of Hunter's Moon with my American hosts. It was one of the most meaningful activities I participated in. We watched a splendid ceremony, ate tasty food and bought some beautiful handmade articles. I also spent a good time eating with their large family. I found a sense of belonging with them. This week we will get together to try some Indian food. I can't wait!  - Liuying Du, Fall 2014

My host family took me around Lafayette, and to Chicago twice. They are helpful and generous, giving me many good things to eat each time I visit their home. They shared about living here, the rules of the road, the culture, and sports. They introduced me to their relatives. Now I have someone to approach if I get confused and don’t know what to do. – Kinson, Fall 2014

It’s been an amazing experience! I’ve enjoyed each moment I've spent with my host family. They surprised me by their kindness. They invited me to their home for dinner, and my host cooked that day, even though she doesn't like cooking very much. I am very glad to have met them and had the opportunity to share my culture with them. – Saida Diaz, Fall 2014

Comments from Hosts

IFP is a great way to care for someone who is out of their comfort zone in a new place and provide help and friendship in what could be a scary situation, but it also enriches our lives and challenges us to learn and grow. It's an experience I think everyone should have. – Anonymous Host, Spring 2016

It's a great learning experience, but even more importantly, the internationals get welcomed and shown hospitality. – Anonymous Host, Spring 2016

We have loved the opportunity to cross barriers to make relationships with someone different than us and to learn about other cultures. We've even made what feels like life-long friendships with a couple of our matches, one we were matched with three years ago, the other was from the Colombia exchange program last fall and is coming back to Purdue in Fall 2016 for graduate school. – Anonymous Host, Spring 2016

We had the students join us last Saturday for our family Xmas. All of my extended family really enjoyed meeting them and the students were awesome guests. We plan to get together for a meal over the coming weekend. It has added joy to our holiday.  – Sarah Bauer, Host-A-Boiler, Christmas 2015

Thank you very much for connecting us with Vinit and Sonya. What a fantastic Christmas Day and dinner we all shared, peppered with traditions, laughter and fun. – Robi Rew, Host-A-Boiler, Christmas 2015

I am fascinated by cultural differences and similarities, and I like people. I have learned about places I may never personally experience, and enjoy being with such interesting and lively young adults. It is enriching to have the opportunity to understand other places and lives through the insights of others. It is not possible to get this from reading or traveling. Besides the friendship student match, you get to meet their friends as well, which broadens perspective even further. – Anonymous Host, Spring 2016

Because of IFP, I have become more involved with events at Purdue and have a better awareness of what is going on in the community. I have had to step out of my comfort zone, especially when the students are shy. – Anonymous Host, Spring 2016

I can honestly say that this was one of the best experiences in our lives, one we will never forget. Just to be able to see them experience something new for them like Thanksgiving was truly awesome. We are so thankful we were able to part of those special moments in their lives. This was our best Thanksgiving yet. – Gary Wilcox, Host-A-Boiler, Thanksgiving 2015

Edgar, from Colombia and I "what's app"ed yesterday - it's a great way to keep in touch, free of charge! Also my son visited Edgar while in Colombia this summer, which was great for both of them. - Julie Krogmeier, Fall 2015

My husband Victor and I are so pleased with Jun Jiang and Xiaoling from China. We are just having so much fun - they come over all the time, attend our sons' games and we eat dinner together. We just love them to pieces. I think we are just going to keep them! - Gretchen Alvizar, Fall 2015

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