After such a cold winter, the coming summer heat may be a welcome change (at least for a while). Opportunities to serve during the summer will also heat up. There will be many opportunities to welcome the new international students who will be arriving.
The first opportunity to serve is during the short-term service trip we are hosting, called "Welcome the World 2014". People from a church in Ohio and maybe Pennsylvania and Virginia will be here from July 21-27. Their primary task will be to clean up the suites in Crosswalk Commons and prepare them for the incoming students. Would you be willing to be a part of the work team coming from out of town and assist in doing the work of cleaning the suites? Or, could you provide part of a dinner one of the nights? Or, could you host people from the service team in your home, providing a bed and bathroom (no meals required)? If you can assist in any of these ways, please click here to fill out a simple form and submit it to us.
Another opportunity to serve is to provide up to three days of temporary housing for an international student whose dormitory or apartment is not yet ready. The dates for this are approximately August 1 - 15. If you can host for up to three days anytime within those dates, fill out this simple form and submit it to us.
A third opportunity to serve is to host two to six students at your home for a meal and tour on Saturday, August 30. This involves picking up the students at Crosswalk Commons at 10am that morning and having them back to campus by 2pm. In between you will serve them a meal at your home and show them around important sites in Lafayette and West Lafayette (e.g. supermarkets, post office). If you can do this, please let us know by clicking here.
Finally, you can be an International Friendship Family, which means you sign up to take ONE international student to be your special friend during the first semester they are at Purdue. This program is sponsored by Purdue's International Students and Scholars Office, and it involves attending a one-hour orientation run by a representative from Purdue. Then in September Purdue will match you with a student. After that, you can invite your "friendship student" to your home or other fun events you would do with your family. The student will not live with you, but just spend time with your family about once a month, the time and place being at your discretion. If you're interested in this, please click here.
Thank you for considering these opportunities. Together, we hope to provide a warm welcome to our international guests this summer.