The Friendship Family Program (FFP) is a unique international student program that matches incoming Dartmouth international students with Upper Valley families to help them form cross-cultural friendships and experience American culture beyond the college campus. In addition, it provides an opportunity for many Upper Valley families to learn about the culture and experiences of their student.
We hope that you and your family will consider becoming a Friendship Family for an international undergraduate or graduate student here at Dartmouth! As a Friendship Family, you would have the opportunity to get to know your international student and become his or her family away from home. Outside of any FFP events OPAL hosts, you and your student will meet up as your schedules permit (please note this does not entail hosting your student overnight). We encourage Friendship Families to invite their students to their homes for meals, holiday celebrations, occasional family outings, or anything else that would enrich an international student’s time in the United States.
The Friendship Family Program has been operating for over 20 years at Dartmouth, and has garnered overwhelmingly positive responses from both students and families alike. We’ve already received a large number of applications from students and are in need of families to host them. We hope that you and your family will join us in our effort to welcome and support the newest international members of our Dartmouth community! For more information or to download an application, due by Sunday, August 31, please check out our website at:
To learn how you can get more involved, please visit the appropriate link below:
If you have questions or concerns, please contact AlisoN.J.Guh.email@example.com
. And if you plan on participating in the FFP this year, please reserve the evening of Monday, September 22 from 5-7 pm
to meet your student at our opening reception.
Post provided by Alison Guh
Photo from left: Minty Koppenheffer, Amma R. Serwaah-Panin '10 of Ghana, and Wan Xian Sng '10 of Singapore, pictured at the Koppenheffer home last Thanksgiving. The Koppenheffer family is participating in the Friendship Family Program and serving as a local host family for Serwaah-Panin and Sng. (Photo Courtesty Amma R. Serwaah-Panin'10)