The Friendship Foundation for International Students (FFIS) is a nonprofit organization that exists to bridge cultures and to promote world peace and understanding through international friendship, personal diplomacy, and exchange of ideas.
Become a Conversation Friend
The Conversation Friend Program matches international students, scholars or spouses with a local FFIS volunteer for one-on-one English conversation. Conversation Friends meet weekly for English conversation and practice.
Host a Student
The Short-Term Homestay program is a cultural exchange program of FFIS and not just temporary housing in order to welcome new international students to our community by providing short-term hospitality, support, and a safe place.
Let’s Make a Difference Together
FFIS is a non-profit volunteer organization with no paid staff, and we receive limited funding from the University of Oregon. Your voluntary donation to FFIS supports our ongoing programs for international students, scholars and their dependents throughout the year.
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Notes from the Chair Through the years, I have witnessed the ebb and flow that nonprofits like the Friendship Foundation have endured here in Eugene. The financially leaner years after the Great Recession forced our organization to find new ways to fund […]
Douffy Youm from Senegal was an FFIS homestay student many years ago. He graduated and worked his way up to become an executive at Nike in Portland, but still kept in touch with his FFIS host family. The family hosted four University […]
FFIS’ Conversation Friend Program is a unique opportunity for volunteers to connect with a University of Oregon international student during the student’s first year in Eugene. The student and volunteer are matched on the basis of shared interests. They meet for around one hour per […]