Flagstaff International Friendship Program (FlagFRIENDS)
The Flagstaff International Friendship Program offers
community members from Flagstaff and the surrounding areas the opportunity to
extend their friendship to international students who are studying at Northern
Arizona University. Please note that this is not a home-stay program.
The image of the United States that international students
take back to their countries may depend largely on their day-to-day experiences
outside their academic schedule. At the same time, Americans can broaden their
knowledge of other countries by having international friends. Personal
encounters between individuals of different nations are important keys to the
development of understanding between cultures.
Finding a good match
The host/student connection may last for a semester
or for the whole time the student or professor is studying or working at Northern
Arizona University. Many times the friendship lasts for a lifetime.
Information for Flagstaff area resident participants
Most international students at Northern Arizona University are
enrolled in graduate or undergraduate degree programs. Some are here as
exchange students for an academic semester or two, and others attend the
Program in Intensive English.
It is the local resident's responsibility to contact the student and introduce yourself.
The expectation is that at least once a month, you invite the student to join in activities such as:
- Family dinners
- Holiday celebrations
- Sports activities
- Musical events
If you're interested in being part of the Flag Friends program, check out www.flagfriends.org
If you have any questions about this program, please e-mail International Student Scholar Services.