The FFIS Homestay Program matches international students with local community volunteers for a short-term homestay when the student first arrives in Lane County. Volunteers open their hearts and home to young adults far from home, helping them to get oriented and settled. The friendships built during that brief period often last well beyond when the student has returned to their native country. Homestay families have created many fond memories for the students that they’ve hosted.
Read about what a University of Oregon student from Japan experienced as a participant in this program:
I can’t tell you how much I appreciate my host family. They are the best host family in the world. As you know, this was the first time for me to take an airplane and go overseas. I was excited, but I was also anxious about my new life. So, when I met them at the Eugene airport, I felt relieved. We were together just four days, but for me those four days were wonderful.
At the beginning of the school year, I was disappointed because I found out my English was poor. But they gave me a call and visited me and encouraged me. Because of their support, the school year has gone smoothly. And each time when I meet them, they made me happy. I have never forgotten what we did together.
If you’d like to host an international student in FFIS’ Homestay Program, contact Becky Megerssa, UO Liaison, at 541-346-1436 or firstname.lastname@example.org.