Global Friends

visit-of-parents-of-chongyu-zhang_2This program matches local residents with visiting international students, scholars, faculty members and their family members.  It is a great way to make a new friend and learn more about the local culture.  If you are interested in this program click on the appropriate button below and our Global Friends coordinator will contact you when she finds a match that meets your request.

We currently have more students signed up for this program than local residents, please consider volunteering today!  You can meet your global friend for coffee, invite them over for a meal, go for a walk, or take them to a local attraction such as the orchards or a pumpkin patch! 

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Volunteer Signup

Click the red button to volunteer! The students are here and ready to be paired- WE NEED YOU! Please note that if you are not already registered to volunteer with MFIS, you will also need to complete a Volunteer Application Form (VAF).  This helps us vet our volunteers for the safety of our students.  Thank you for your understanding!VAF_button (large)



If you have any questions about Global Friends, you can contact the MFIS Office at:

Address: 716 Langdon Street, Room 223, Madison, WI 53706, USAbuddies for web
Phone: (608) 263-4010

Student Signup


Global Friends Visit the Orchard