Thanksgiving Hospitality

cathleenbaer_3Each year MFIS volunteers and their families invite international students, scholars and their families to join them in their homes for a traditional Thanksgiving celebration. This is an opportunity for our students and their families to experience a unique holiday with a local family, and to try traditional Thanksgiving foods.

Last year MFIS volunteers broke another record in welcoming 192 international students into their homes to celebrate Thanksgiving on November 23rd.  A huge “thank you” to our volunteers for opening your homes and sharing their culture with our visiting international students.  More photos from past year’s events can be found on our past events page here– thank you for sharing!

Interested in volunteering in the Thanksgiving Hospitality program this year?

Volunteer Application Form

New volunteers can indicate interest when filling out their Volunteer Application Form (VAF), regardless of the time of year.  This form helps us meet University requirements by pre-approving volunteers to host students in their home.

Volunteer Signup

Please note you only need to fill out a VAF once.  Anyone who has expressed interest will be contacted in early October to see whether or not they are still able to host a volunteer Thanksgiving meal; if so, they will be able to register to host by filling out the 2018 host form.  Early interest will help us to expand our program and hopefully host even more students!


Current volunteers (who have already filled out a Volunteer Application Form and been approved to volunteer) should register to host each year by filling out an annual host form.


Student Signup

Students can register to participate in a traditional US Thanksgiving dinner by clicking on the blue button.

Please email if you have any questions.