International Friendship Program

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The CIEP International Friendship Program is a way for students to learn American culture and conversation skills in the community. If a student is interested in having a meal once a month with a family in Cedar Falls or Waterloo, then this is the program to join!   These Cedar Valley families want to learn more about international students and their cultures by becoming host families. Students will not live with the families, but will visit them and participate in family activities together.

“The students become part of your family.  It’s a chance to see the world through their eyes without the expense and time of actually travelling to those countries.” – Linda Tiemessen

“She (my host mom) has truly become a second mother to me.  My experience in Iowa, and the U.S. in general wouldn’t have been the same without her.”   - Nadia Korobova

“Through this program, my daughters have developed great close relationships with their new ‘brothers and sisters’ from all over the world.” – Duane Wessels.