The Hospitality Program matches local host families with international students attending UMASS/Amherst. Students have the opportunity to periodically visit the home of a local family and get to know them while they’re here in Amherst. Meeting times during the school year can vary. It could be just a few times, or as often as once a month.Families are encouraged to include students in their regular activities — hiking, sports events, local festivals, movies, concerts, shopping, etc. These casual, family-like gatherings and experiences give students a chance to explore life off campus. They also help foster positive understanding and sharing of each other’s cultures.
A small act of friendship of this kind can have a lasting effect on both the person offering hospitality and the student who accepts it.
If you are interested in participating in the Hospitality Program or volunteering to host, please download the printable application form here and send it to Ruth Harms either by mail or email: Hickharm@comcast.net. Or, if you would just like some more information, please email Ruth at the above address. You can also fill out the Application Form Online here!.