Sign up to Host International Student for Thanksgiving

November 5, 2019 | UToday
By Staff



The Center for International Studies and Programs is inviting UToledo faculty and staff to host an international student for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Share in a cross-cultural experience as you celebrate Thanksgiving. American families are invited to volunteer and open their homes to share a meal with international students.

“Families and students all have enjoyed meeting with new people and learning about different cultures in the past,” said Xinren Yu, assistant director of the Center for International Studies and Programs. “This is the center’s seventh year of coordinating this event. We were able to pair more than 40 international students with 20 families through this program last year, and we would like to see more people from the UToledo community get involved this year.”

Thanksgiving is Thursday, Nov. 28, and many U.S. families will host a dinner on this day; however, some families may celebrate on another day.

“Even if you celebrate Thanksgiving on another day during that weekend, we would still like to invite you to sign up as a host family,” Yu said. “For many UToledo international students and scholars, this will be their first American Thanksgiving experience. As U.S. students plan trips home to celebrate the holiday with their families, many international students are unable to do the same. This Thanksgiving dinner experience will truly make a difference in their lives.”

Host families are asked to register on the Center for International Studies and Programs’ website by Thursday, Nov. 21.

For more information, contact Yu at utexplorers@utoledo.edu or call 419.530.5268.