Volunteer with AMIS

Ugandan with hosts

Ugandan student visits a local Atlanta family

We believe that one person or family can make a difference towards achieving world peace. AMIS implements citizen diplomacy by offering programs that allow Americans to build friendships with international students studying in the Atlanta area. These higher education students are their country’s next generation of leaders. By providing positive experiences and relationships during their time in Atlanta,  we are able to strongly influence their views of America and Americans.

By participating in one of these programs you can make an international student a “friend for life” while enriching your own and your family’s lives as well.

See a slideshow of one of our Welcome Reception:

See thoughts from our Planning Committee Chair about the Welcome Reception:


As Amis we aim to extend a hand of friendship and hospitality to create a meaningful “once-in-a-lifetime” experience – an experience that has a lasting impression on international students and wonderful memories for our “host” families. You can become involved and make a difference in an international student’s life by participating in one or more of the following programs:


A local Atlanta family enjoys interacting with international students through the Amigo Program and Thanksgiving


“Turning the Tables” 

For many years (decades!) my husband Ned and I have enjoyed having Amigos sitting at our dining room table as we all got to know one another better.  Whether it was just a routine Sunday supper, or a Super Bowl get-together, or a Thanksgiving meal,  the conversations were interesting and often memories were made.  This year Ned and I had the experience in reverse when on a recent trip we were invited to afternoon tea in the home of a widow in Croatia.  Ten of us had this opportunity and through the efforts of a translator, we were able to ask questions (and be asked ones in return), while we enjoyed traditional Croatian sweet cake, candies, nuts, coffee and brandies.  We also spent time in the garden and played with our hostess’s darling puppy.  This was a highlight of our trip, and experiencing the gift of hospitality from the “other side” of the table confirms for us that what AMIS offers to international students is a warm and welcoming way to build bridges.