Global Friends

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This program matches local residents with visiting international students, scholars, faculty members and their family members.  It is a great way to make a new friend and learn more about the local culture.  If you are interested in this program click on the appropriate button below and our Global Friends coordinator will contact you when she finds a match that meets your request.

Suggestions for activities with your global friend: meet up for a coffee; invite them over for a meal; take them to a local attraction such as the farmer’s market, an orchard, a pumpkin patch, or a sporting event; or explore one of our free local attractions such as State Street, Henry Villas Zoo, the Arboretum or Olbrich Gardens! 


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Volunteer Signup

Attention local residents- click the Volunteer Signup Button to volunteer! Please note that if you are not already registered to volunteer with MFIS, you will also need to complete a one time Volunteer Application Form (VAF).  VAF_button (large)This is a requirement of the University and helps us pre-approve our volunteers for the safety of our students.  Thank you for your understanding!visit-of-parents-of-chongyu-zhang_2

Student Signup

Students can register to participate in the Global Friends program by clicking on the blue button.

If you have any questions about Global Friends, you can contact the MFIS Office at