Information for Volunteers
Thank you for your gift of time as we work together to WELCOME and CONNECT International Students with FRIENDS (you) in the Atlanta area. Whether you have volunteered with AMIS for many years, taking a step of courage, or both, we want to help you in every way possible. We will use our blog, in part, to share stories of AMIS and cross-cultural relationships.
It is important to the staff and Board of AMIS that you understand and accept our mission and values.
Amigo Friendship Program:
Amidst 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.
As an Amigo, e-mail, call or text the student to tell them that you are their friend in Atlanta. Set up a Zoom call or FaceTime. Keep in touch and continue the friendship with Zoom meet ups, calls, or emails. AMIS's Virtual group events are also a great way to spend time together and get to know each other.
Cultural sensitivity and respect are important in cross-cultural friendships, even if we don't always understand. In many cultures, respect for elders is of utmost importance. Before suggesting an in-person meeting with your Amigo, even if it is in compliance with the CDC, give them the opportunity to share their personal boundaries and uphold them completely.
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 a folding chair in your trunk and have a visit in an open space, at least 6 feet apart.
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".
Take a walk in your own neighborhoods while talking on the phone to each other.
But what is hospitality if not opening your doors, cooking a favorite meal, or playing a game together around the dining room table? We've compiled a list of ideas--let us know what else you've thought of!
Friendship in the Age of COVID-19
AMIS (Atlanta Ministry with International Students) promotes global understanding through friendship and hospitality with international students and scholars in the Greater Atlanta area.
AMIS is a faith-based organization that respects the faiths and cultural traditions of all who participate with us.
Our purpose is to"welcome the stranger", and we do not include religious messaging promoting a particular faith as part of our programs. We expect our volunteers to follow our non-proselytizing policy.
As members of NAFSA (National Association of International Educators), we are guided by and adhere to NAFSA's Statement of Ethical Principles.