Conversation Partners is a program in which international students and U.S. students meet for each week to talk, learn about other cultures, make new friends and practice English.
Conversation partners are expected to meet together for 1 to 2 hours a week. The time and location of meetings is determined by the conversation partners themselves. Students are expected to meet in public places, like coffee shops or restaurants. Participants may receive community service credit by keeping track of their hours through the ASUI Volunteer Programs
to learn more about becoming a Conversation Partner.
A Friendship Family is NOT a host family; students do not live with their Friendship Family. Friendship Families help students make connections to the Moscow and campus community and practice conversational English. The families in this program offer students the opportunity to learn about local culture and the opportunity to talk about home. Students get to share meals with their Friendship Family or go to events they enjoy. Families include students in their activities as much as schedules will allow, usually 2-3 times a month. The participating families develop friendships with students from countries they may never have visited but can learn about through this personal contact.
about Friendship Families or request a match
Bike Loan Program
The Bike Loan Program helps students learn bike repair and access outlying areas. All program bikes are used; they have been donated and are rebuilt by students with the help of volunteer mechanics. This process gives students a knowledge of how their bike works and an increased sense of ownership.
If you would use a bike daily and would like to borrow a program bike, please read, fill out, and submit the Bike Loan Policy & Request Form
. We cannot loan a bike until a request form has been submitted, and acknowledged.
Within 24 hours of submitting a request you will receive a response with additional information, letting you know when you can pick up your bike. The program is closed during fall, winter and spring breaks, over UI recognized holiday weekends, and for the month of July.
Please review our Bike Loan Program checklist here
If you have questions about getting involved or if you would like to volunteer, contact Glen Kauffman
Other fun events and activities
Please click here
to learn about other fun offerings to get together with other students!