AUBURN – Members of the local community have an opportunity to help welcome students who are new not only to the Auburn University campus but also to the United States through Auburn Family Friend, a program of AU’s Office of International Student Life.
Auburn Family Friend matches new international students with volunteers from the community who will help smooth the student’s transition to life in America.
“New international students can have a difficult period of cultural adjustment, ” said Nejla Orgen, AU’s director of International Student Life. “Having a friendly voice welcoming them is a big help. When people in the Auburn community reach out to our international students, it not only makes a real difference in the students’ acclimation to the United States but is also a wonderful cultural exchange. Faculty and staff who have been involved in the program have enjoyed getting to know their international student and learning about the student’s culture.”
More information is available from the Office of International Student Life by calling (334) 844-2353 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers will be sent an information packet with information about the student and the student’s country, as well general guidelines for getting to know and communicating with the student.
(Contributed by Stephanie Bond.)