Information for Volunteers

Thank you for the gift of time and yourself as you join AMIS to WELCOME and CONNECT international students with FRIENDS (you) in the Atlanta area. Whether you have volunteered with AMIS for many years, or this is your first time, we want you to have a positive volunteer experience. 

Please read to understand our mission and values

More about the Amigo Friendship Program: 

As an Amigo Friendship partner, you will be matching with an international student at one of the higher education institutions in Atlanta.  After being introduced by email, follow up with an e-mail, call or text to tell the student that you are their friend in Atlanta. Make plans with them for a Zoom call, FaceTime, or in person meet up in a public place. Then continue the relationship as you both have time and opportunity. AMIS's events are also a great way to spend time together and get to know other volunteers and international students! 

Cultural sensitivity and respect are important in international friendships, and a valuable way to learn about cultural differences. In many cultures, respect for elders is very important. Before suggesting an in-person meeting with your Amigo, even if it is in compliance with the CDC, give them the opportunity to share what they are comfortable with during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

  • Pick up the phone and give them a call. 

  • When you go to the grocery store, pick up some extra fresh foods to deliver to their door. 

  • Pull out your stationary and write a letter letting them know how thankful you are for them. 

  • Put folding chairs in your trunk and meet up for an outdoor visit.

  • Order a small puzzle or other activity to be delivered to their home. 

  • Sign up for Words with Friends or another game you can play "together". 

Even though there is significantly more freedom as people get vaccinated against COVID-19, some of the changes are here to stay, and you may find yourself enjoying both virtual and in person ways to connect with your Amigo.

What does it look like to be a friend
to an international student during a pandemic?

  • Take a walk in your own neighborhoods while talking on the phone to each other.

  • Meet for coffee or breakfast at an outdoor venue.

  • Meet for a meal at a restaurant (check diet and preference for a place with outdoor seating beforehand).

  • Join an AMIS event together!

  • Attend school, community, or church programs/plays. 

  • Connect with another volunteer (can be done through the AMIS office) to have a small group potluck. 

  • Attend a sports event (even your child's t-ball game).

  • Go one a hike or explore the city together.