Are you interested in developing a connection to an American family in the local community? The Friends of the Davis International Center provide a time-honored program to connect local families with Princeton’s international scholars and graduate students. Many friendships that start through the Community Connect Program are the beginning of long-lasting relationships that provide opportunities to share your culture with Americans while learning about the American culture at the same time. Community Connect Program activities may include holiday or family dinners, assistance with shopping and practical matters, or trips to cultural, entertainment, or sporting events.
What does the program offer?
Area residents welcome international graduate students, visiting scholars and their families to their homes for an occasional dinner or a social gathering. By participating in the program, international students/scholars learn about American customs and traditions. It also gives the host the opportunity to learn about world cultures and often share lifelong friendships with their guests.
How does the program work?
Students/scholars are invited to holiday gatherings and informal events, potluck dinners and picnics. Some hosts plan outings, such as visits to concerts, museums or movies. Students/scholars enjoy the opportunity to explore life in America.
The Community Connect Program continues throughout the year, and volunteers and international visitors are encouraged to keep in touch at least once a month.
The Program also sponsors several group gatherings for the host and their students/scholars, for example, a Fall Reception, Mid-Winter Dinners and a Brunch.
International graduate students and scholars can register at any point throughout the year to join the Community Connect Program.