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.

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


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 the 2012 Fall reception:

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