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 2019 Hamilton International Students

Christmas 2019

There are over three thousand international students at McMaster University. In addition to the academic challenges, imagine the challenges of being a student in a new culture and language, far away from family and friends. If only they could taste a little bit of home and hospitality here in Canada. Friendship Families exist to give families in Hamilton an opportunity to open their homes to international students and make a difference in their lives. We invite you to host students on one of the following days between Saturday, December 21, 2019 -  Saturday, December 28, 2019.


Who sponsors Friendship Families?
Friendship Families is a partnership between Hamilton Churches, Power to Change and Hamilton International Student Network.


What can I expect from signing up as a Host Family? 
You will be paired with two or more International Students who have also registered to share a Christmas meal over the break with a Friendship Family. Part of hosting and showing care for them is that our hosts pick up students from their homes and drop them off after; most students are in the McMaster vicinity. Enjoy the opportunity of sharing fellowship and a meal together! 


Additional Resources

We would like to encourage you to visit www.everyinternational.com, which we have found to be extremely valuable in providing resources regarding how to engage international students. 


How do I sign up?
Please complete this application form and we will contact you within the next few weeks!

Host registration will close on December 9, 2019, at 11:59 pm MIDNIGHT


Any questions can be directed to admin@hamiltoninternationalstudents.com