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 Spring 2022!
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: Registration OPEN!
We have had some wonderful times with you all in the international student BBQ's this Fall!
Our last Dinner of the year will be on December 3rd back at Mission Baptist Church!
Friendship Family Meals - Christmas
Status: Registrations OPEN
You and at least 1 other international student friend will be paired with a Canadian Family to be hosted for a meal over the Christmas Holiday
(Sometime between December 24th - 28th)
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.
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.