Hamilton International Students
A COMMUNITY OF PEOPLE WELCOMING STUDENTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD TO HAMILTON
We are a group of Christians volunteers and staff that want to help international students thrive in all aspects of life. Our aim is to serve the practical, social, and spiritual needs of Hamilton's international students through various weekly and monthly events as well as providing connections to the services of other like-minded organizations in our city.
Status: Opening for Winter 2021!
We have heard from all of you that finding a job is one of the most important needs international students have.
Be paired with a working professional from your field and learn about Canadian work cultures in your industry!
Status: October Dinner OPEN
We are back this fall! Come join us for our Hamilton International Students Welcome BBQ! If you weren't able to get a spot don't worry! We will have a new social every month!
The registration is FULL for September's BBQ but subscribe to our mailing list to be the first to hear about the OCTOBER event!
Friendship Families Thanksgiving Meal
Status: NOW OPEN
Friendship Families is a program that pairs you with a Canadian host family to enjoy a meal and a Canadian celebration together!
Students will be assigned families in a minimum size of two students! You can sign up with your friends or choose to be paired randomly!
Speaking Of English
Status: Happening Now!
Speaking of English is an English conversation club for students to improve and practice their English speaking skills.
New topics every week including discussions regarding culture, relationships, and everyday shared experiences.
Sports in the Park
Status: Happening Now!
Come out and meet some friends while playing various sports in the park together. No requirements to join! Just come and enjoy the beautiful outdoors!
Chat With a Pastor or Visit a Church
Status: Fall Relaunch
Do you want to meet with a Pastor and asks life's big questions?
Have you ever been curious about visiting a Church in Canada?
We recognize that housing is one of the most common practical supports requested and we hope this will be the first step in filling that need!
We want to help International Students find safe and affordable housing in Hamilton
Want to learn more about the Canadian culture while making new friends?
Culture Swap is a great way to meet new friends, share about your culture, and experience Canadian culture in a brand new way!
Mental Health Counselling
Living away from home can be stressful and counseling can help!
We have partnered with ByPeacefulWaters to bring you easily accessible and affordable counseling.
Mental Health Resources
We wanted to connect you with easy access to free/low cost mental health resources during the COVID-19 outbreak.
If you are in immediate danger, call 9-1-1.
We also have some Crisis lines and contact information if you need them at this time.
Many of our regularly recurring events have been postponed due to COVID-19. However, we hope as the world returns to normal that we will be able to re-launch these exciting programs for you this Fall
Once per month we host a dinner and games night at a local church close to McMaster University where students are welcome to meet and get to know other students and Canadian volunteers. Each dinner we play games, occasionally hear from guest speakers, and enjoy a delicious home-made meal.
Sports in the Gym is every Tuesday evening from 7pm - 9pm!
You are invited to join in on a weekly fun night of playing basketball, football (soccer), badminton, and volleyball
Once the weather warms up, we will head outside for sports outdoors
SOCIALS AND COMMUNITY OUTTINGS
These events are a great opportunity to meet new people while enjoying various activities. These events vary but may also provide an opportunity for students to explore parts of the city on short day trips with other students and volunteers while experiencing common Canadian past-times.
A couple of times each year students can sign up to join a Canadian family for a meal in their home during a traditional holiday. Students will experience what it is like to celebrate the holidays in Canada and get to know locals and other students.