Get involved with Ball State's international community and become a Friendship Family for Fall 2022!

Do you want to experience new cultures? Support international students as they adapt to life in Muncie? Expand the horizons of your world without leaving home? 

If so, the Friendship Family program is for you! The Rinker Center for Global Affairs is currently recruiting community members to volunteer as friendship families for international students in the Fall 2022 semester!  

What is the Friendship Family Program? 

We match international students with local families or individuals in and around Muncie. The goal is to provide international students with additional support while in the US, along with a unique opportunity to experience American culture. Students do not live with the families, nor are families responsible for any financial assistance.

Who can join? 

We only ask that you live close enough to Ball State to physically meet with your student on a monthly basis, and that you approach this relationship with an open mind and heart. We have friendship families who are individuals, couples, couples with children, etc. Some friendship families are originally from the US, and some are from other countries.  

What is the time commitment? 

Families and students are asked to commit to getting together at least once a month.  

How can I join? 

If you are interested in the Friendship Family program for the Fall 2022 semester, please complete an online application, or contact Abimbola Adeyemi at the Rinker Center for Global Affairs at for more information. 

We hope that you choose to take advantage of this unique opportunity to experience new cultures and build friendships with international students! 


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