Thank you for your interest in connecting with Gordon’s International Student Community. Koinonia is a great way for you to welcome the International Student Community at Gordon College to New England.
While the Global Education Office will arrange your initial match(es), you and the student(s) will take initiative to meet throughout the year, and potentially, into the following years of their college experience. The relationship is casual and should consist of occasional get-togethers. Some students will meet with their hosts weekly, while others will prefer to meet on a monthly basis. With careful cultivation, friendships started in this program could last for many years and provide unique opportunities for you (and your family) to learn from students all over the world as they learn from you.
International Students live on campus and should not expect housing at any time unless invited by you for long breaks, over the summer, etc. Here are a few event ideas to get you started: having the student to your home for dinner, inviting them to join your family for a special church service, seasonal activities like apple picking, attending a local parade for the 4th of July, holiday celebrations, practical assistance like making a run to the mall, etc. Students can also invite their hosts to on-campus events such as concerts or athletic matches. This should turn into a friendship, not merely one side serving the other.
Please complete the following questions in order to assist our office in matching you with a student. This information will not be shared with the student. It will only be used for the purpose of making host-student matches.