International Student Ministry
More than 75% of all international students at VCU never enter
an American home during their stay in Richmond?
That there are many ways that YOU can volunteer to show
hospitality to these students?
can make a difference
in the world right here in Richmond, Virginia!
Richmond’s First Baptist Church is seeking to be a good neighbor in a great
neighborhood. Just a few blocks away from our church is Virginia Commonwealth
University. Students attend VCU from all over the world.
Global Education Office
at Virginia Commonwealth University offers our
church and the larger community the chance to befriend international students
studying at VCU. Coming to the United States can be a difficult and lonely time
for international students as they adjust to a new culture and language while
being away from family and friends. Hospitality and kindness from people like
you can help international students have a positive experience away from home.
If you would
like information on how to be placed in a program or how to volunteer with
international students at VCU, please contact Pam Haney at (804) 828-0808 or
visit the office at 817 W. Franklin St.
Become an American Volunteer!
individuals and families, the volunteer program provides several options to suit
the needs of the student and the host. For more information about our ministry
to international students at First Baptist Church, contact
(804) 358-5458, x134.
~ For one semester, an international student meets
for one hour each week with an American volunteer to practice his/her English
speaking skills. No foreign language or tutoring skills are required.
~ A student and single individual/family are
matched for the school year. Frequency of contact may vary, but in most cases
the student will visit the individual/family once a month. This is a casual time
and may include dinner in the volunteer’s home or an outing together. Phone
contact between visits is encouraged.
~ The student lives with the host family for 8 to 16 weeks,
while acclimating to this new environment. Expenses for room and board will be
paid by the student and they will provide their own transportation. Entry points
for new students in the English Language Program are in January, March, June,
August and October. Academic students begin their studies in either August or
~ A student is invited into a home in order to experience
a typical American holiday such as Thanksgiving, Christmas or July 4th. This
activity is more comfortable if two students join the festivities together.
International Coffee Hour
~ Students, staff and community visitors
gather weekly for a time of socializing and refreshments. It is a time for
students to meet and develop friendships with classmates and Americans in a
casual setting. Everyone is welcome at this weekly event.
Social Gatherings for International Students Hosted by Richmond’s First Baptist
IIce Cream at Sweet Frog
Shopping at Short Pump Town Centero:p>
Dinner & Movie Night
Flying Squirrels Baseball
Picnic at Maymont Park
Dinner in an American home
Monument Avenue Easter Parade
Tubing down the James River
LLewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
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