Global Friends

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The Global Friends program pairs a local residents with an international student, scholar, faculty member and their family members.  It is a great way to make a new friend and learn more about a new culture. For some volunteers and students, lifelong friendships have started as global friends!  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 for you.

Suggestions for activities with your global friend: meet up for a coffee; enjoy a meal together; attend local attractions such as the farmer’s market, an apple 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

Local Resident Volunteers – 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!

Student Signup

International Students/Scholars/Faculty or Family – click on the blue button to register to participate in the Global Friends program.

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