There are over 250 international students from 30 different countries studying at Widener right now. Many have never been in an American home or met an American family. We would like to connect them with local families for a simple meal together and to build friendships. We also sponsor several special events like picnics and a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner. We are working this year to provide conversational English partners as well as to start and International Bible Study.
International Friends Fall 2015 Information Flyer
NEW: WebSite and Email
NEW International Friends Website: InternationalFriend.org
NEW Email Address: Mark@InternationalFriend.org
Welcoming Widener Students to America
International Friends is a group of people from the community around Widener that are here to befriend and serve the international students. We provide a welcome bag for each new international student as a way of welcoming them to America.
Celebrating the Holidays
Each November we cook a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner that we host on campus. In the past we have baked Christmas Cookies, taken students on a local fall hayride, and held a spring picnic in a park next to campus. We have also sponsored trips to the Phila. Zoo, Longwood Gardens and other local attractions.
Every Monday we host an “English Corner” on campus where students can come to speak English, learn about American culture, share about their culture, and ask questions they have about life here.
We are working with Widener to help connect international students with American families to share a meal, and possibly even visit some local attractions together. We are also working to connect with students looking for as English Language partners. Contact Mark Bickell for how to get involved.
To get our newsletter, to help with upcoming events, or to become a friendship family contact Mark Bickel. You can also Friend us on facebook, our group name is “International Friends”.
Pastor Mark Bickel
Pastor of Adult Discipleship and Outreach
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