Thank you for your interest in participating in the International Friendship Program. You will find this to be an incredibly rewarding experience. Many families who participate in this program develop life-long friendships with their student. There are numerous stories of Kearney families who have traveled to Japan, India and other countries to visit the students they befriended while they were in Kearney.
The duration of the commitment is one year. However, most often the friendship lasts throughout the student’s stay in Kearney and even beyond. The time commitment does not need to be great. It is our hope that students and families will connect once or twice a month. You are free to get together more frequently if you like. The students want to experience American family life and culture, so here are some ideas of things you could do with them: invite them to your home for meals, games, movies; let them experience holiday traditions with you such as carving a pumpkin, Thanksgiving dinner, decorating Christmas tree; attend cultural and athletic events in town; attend school programs; visit historical places such as Archway, Trails and Rails, Pioneer Village; participate in outdoor activities such as crane-viewing, biking, walking, etc.; attend campus events with them; give them the opportunity to share food, history, culture of their country with you.
Please complete the attached application form and submit to me electronically. When I have students who have completed the application process that I feel would be a good match for you, I will contact you to set up a time to meet your student and begin this exciting adventure!