Testimonials “By helping an international student, I can help make their experience in the U.S. richer and give them a greater understanding of what we are about beyond what they may know by way of the internet and TV. My students have become part of my family. We learn from each other. I look forward to our jaunts to Purple Cow, local diners, the farmers market, retail therapy, and an unexpected pop in at my office. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this program. I look forward to having a new student become part of our fold in the fall.” “My first semester was very difficult, and my friendship partners helped me to get through it. When I came here, I didn’t have many winter coats; in fact, I didn’t have any winter clothes. The first winter coat that I received was them. She also took shopping to Wal-Mart and other places to buy the rest of the things that I needed. At this stage without her help I wouldn’t have known what to buy or where to go.” “My friendship partner has been very helpful to me and the many other students she has hosted. She has organized numerous events for her students, including dinners, picnics, and other fun outdoor events. Not only has she done a lot for her host students, but she has also offered a friendly helpful hand to many other members of the ISA, and included many of them in the activities she has organized. She is also an exceptional cook, and all international students need a good home cooked meal once in a while.” “They helped me adapt to the American culture, find my way around and get to know the country better. In return, I have been trying to introduce them to my culture, traditions and lifestyle. The entire family readily takes participation in this process of intercultural exchange and this makes me really happy.” “In many ways they have become my family away from home. I am really glad to have met them and been included in their family. I am sure I will be in touch with them even after I graduate out of Lafayette.” “You know when you are home, you are waiting for your mom to cook dinner with such a patience that your appetite grows even more? It felt the same when I went to my friendship partners’ house and they were cooking very meticulously a home-made dinner. This is exactly what I was missing from home. It might be funny, but it is true because I have friends here too, but nothing compares to good food and a loving family.” “They helped me adapt to the American culture, find my way around and get to know the country better. In return, I have been trying to introduce them to my culture, traditions and lifestyle. The entire family readily takes participation in this process of intercultural exchange and this makes me really happy.” Note: Statements do not necessarily belong to the people depicted on the pictures.