Amigo Friendship Program
Our Friendship Program matches an international student with an American individual or family for friendship and sharing of cultures. Your support can help them in their adjustment to American life, language and culture, as well as enrich your understanding of the world. We ask you to meet at least once for a meal, event, or outing and continue your friendship over the school year as you are able. AMIS provides support and group events for friendship partners.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual meetings are encouraged, unless both parties are not in high-risk groups and desire to meet in-person following CDC guidelines.
To Sign Up
Fill out the online volunteer form.
Agree to a secure background check (form will be emailed to you). Background checks are required once every 5 years. To read AMIS Background Check Policy, click here.
Read our Volunteer Guide and schedule a 10-15 minute phone call with someone on our staff.
Receive email introducing you to your international student friend.
Reach out to your new friend to arrange your first virtual meeting (or following CDC guidelines)!
The students deeply enriched my life. I always received much more than I gave from befriending international students.
-Jean Cox, Volunteer
AMIS has been wonderful for our family. My sons have had dinner with international students from every continent of the world through AMIS.
-Kirk Keene, Volunteer