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Community Friends Host Program


The Community Friends Program is a volunteer organization designed to help international students at Wabash College to develop a quality friendship with a local American family. International students adjust to college life in a small town more easily when host families welcome them. 

Students live on campus, but host families provide opportunities for students to experience American culture and local customs.  In turn, the students provide local families with a glimpse into foreign cultures, beliefs, and traditions.  Students are eager to know more about American lifestyles and appreciate being a part of a host family.  They enjoy being in a family environment, having home-cooked meals, watching movies, playing games, going to cultural or athletic events, hiking, etc.  There are many free, on-campus opportunities for host families and sons to spend time together – plays, art exhibits, lectures, musical performances, athletic events and more. 

We are currently in the process of matching incoming freshmen international students with local families prior to the start of the new academic year, and we are looking for new or returning host families to participate in the program.  


Getting involved is easy!

Interested families can contact Eileen Bowen, Coordinator of Community Friends Program by email bowene@wabash.edu or by phoning 765-267-2010; Amy Weir, Director of International Programs by email weira@wabash.edu or by calling 765-361-6078; or Linda Weaver, International Programs Assistant by email weaverl@wabash.edu or by calling 765-361-6365.