Ways to Get Involved

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These opportunities are for Central Ohio volunteers.

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WELCOME NEW INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

AIRPORT PICKUP & TEMP HOUSING

If you are a trained volunteer, please view the student list to find a student or students you would like to host, and send an email to Nathan by clicking the button below.

BAGS FOR THE NATIONS

Bags for the Nations

Prepare gift bags to be handed out to 1,200 new students! These bags could be a key way to involve them in a Bible study or to begin a friendship with an IFI volunteer.

WEEKEND HOMESTAY

Host students for a weekend!

IFI offers homestay experiences for new international students on various weekends. If you want to host, sign up by clicking the button below.

WELCOME PARTY & PICNIC

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Welcome new internationals just before classes start. Enjoy conversation, games, line dancing and food. Come and meet new students and join the fun!

BEFRIEND CURRENT STUDENTS

ENGLISH CONVERSATION PARTNERS

Meet individually with an international for conversational English over tea, coffee, a meal or an activity. Partners meet weekly or bi-weekly for a minimum of 6 times.

ENGLISH CONVERSATION CLUB

Help students learn English! If you want to help with the English Conversation Club, please view the info sheet below and contact Russ.

BIBLE DISCUSSION GROUPS

If you want to visit a Bible discussion group, you can view the lists of groups and contact the leader. Click here for information about being a Bible discussion helper/leader.

HOLIDAY MEAL HOSTING

Add some international flavor to your holiday celebration by inviting some international students to share your holiday meal with you and your family!

VACATION TRIPS

IFI students in rain ponchos at Niagara Falls

Show internationals the beauty of America! Trips range from 1 day to over a week. A great time to build friendships with international students and friends!

SERVE SPECIFIC GROUPS

Outreach to international mothers and their young children. Meeting once a week for Bible discussion.  A great opportunity for moms to build friendships and practice their English.  Childcare and transportation provided.

MUSLIM FRIENDSHIP TEAM

Work to remove barriers to building healthy relationships with Muslims, and share the love of God in Christ and extend a hand of peace to our Muslim friends.

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INTERNATIONAL WIVES

This group meets once a week for crafts, cooking, eating together and Bible discussion. The focus is friendship with each other and God. Help needed for transportation and group activities.

HINDU FRIENDSHIP TEAM

A group of followers of Jesus who want to befriend Hindu international students and their families. In addition to the new volunteer general training, there is additional training provided.

The IFI Family Ministry seeks to provide international families and singles with instruction and mentoring regarding dating, marriage, parenting, and family life from a Biblical perspective.

RETHINKING RETIREMENT

Rethinking Retirement

In addition to Rest & Relaxation, we Rethink Retirement to live the rest of our years to the glory God – like, by becoming a part or full time IFI volunteer or staff and making an eternal impact on international students.

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