Volunteer with AMIS

Ugandan with hosts
Ugandan student visits a local Atlanta family

We believe that one person or family can make a difference in the life of an international college/graduate student or scholar studying in the US. International Students are future world leaders who have much to teach Americans as well. AMIS promotes cultural understanding through friendship and hospitality with international students in the greater Atlanta area. We offer programs and events that offer opportunities for making connections and building friendships between internationals and Americans. Here are a few of them.

  • Amigo Friendship Program – Befriend an international student or two during the school year.
  • Annual Welcome Reception – Each fall, we hold a concert and reception to welcome ALL international students and scholars in the Atlanta area.
  • Thanksgiving – Invite an international to have Thanksgiving dinner with your family.
  • Christmas International House – Host an international student  in your home for a week or two at Christmas.

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:


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.