Friendship Family Program
Friendship Family is a program facilitated by Alliance Abroad Group (AAG), a designated program sponsor. The program’s mission is to connect International Participant on a J-1 exchange visitor program with host city families. In 2013, AAG piloted the program in Sandusky, Ohio where we have a large population of Summer Work Travel participants. This program was founded on the conviction that we should learn from each other, the program provides cultural experiences for community members and helps program participants experience Midwestern culture in American families. Our ultimate goal is to provide an avenue for cultural exchange and promote Sandusky community as a home away from home for our program participants. We hope friendships that will develop between International Participants and their Friendship Families will promote diversity and cultural awareness that will last a lifetime.
This year we had a total of 53 Summer Work Travel Participants successfully matched with a Sandusky, Ohio Friendship Family volunteer. Here are a couple of pictures and testimonials from the matches experiences.
“Had our first meeting, our student asked to bring 2 friends with her to our home, of course we said yes. What wonderful nice ladies!! We were blessed. The girls are planning our next get together”