Friendship Family

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Treat yourself to a unique learning experience! Students often say that the friendship family program is the most meaningful and influential experience while studying at Ball State.

Our friendship family program partners a Ball State international student with American family (or single person), who can help you understand and become familiar with American culture and establish a support system while you are away from your family and friends in your home country.

You will be assigned a friendship family upon completion of the friendship family student form.  Joining the friendship family program is not required, but it is recommended.

The American families have volunteered to participate in this program.  They come from all walks of life, economic levels, and religions, and all have a common interest learning about other cultures and sharing the American way of life with you. These families may be a traditional family unit (father, mother, and children), single-parent family, a retired couple, or a single individual.

Friendship families are not sponsors and should never be expected to provide financial assistance. They may provide caring emotional support and/or practical assistance as you settle in and begin to familiarize yourself with the Muncie community.

You and your friendship family determine together how often to communicate and interact. Types of activities can vary greatly from one family to another.

You do not need to feel obligated to accept every invitation. For example, if you have class work to prepare or do not want to attend a religious activity, then you may politely turn down the invitation. However, you should accept enough invitations (or initiate them) to develop a good relationship. If your American friendship family does not make contact with you, please notify the coordinator of the friendship family program.

Examples of friendship family activities include a trip to the grocery store, going out for coffee, attending a play or concert, making a snowman, watching a movie, attending local school events, visiting Mounds State Park, cooking dinner together, carving pumpkins for Halloween, swimming, a basketball game, a visit to the zoo, just have fun!