Friends for (Easter) Dinner!

Friends for (Easter) Dinner!

Our region is home to thousands of students from around the globe who are attending post-secondary institutions. The University of Waterloo has a very large population of International Students in graduate and post-graduate studies who are in Canada for a few years. Sadly many of these students make few, if any, connections to Canadians and can feel very isolated being in a foreign country without experiencing our culture and engaging in outside activities.

One way that you can help is by inviting two or three international students for a meal this Easter. International Student Ministries Canada is a Christian charity that works on campuses across the country and they run an initiative called “Friends for Dinner” that will match students with host families for a one-time commitment.

Interested? Read below to see how you can sign up online to register as a host family or Life Group or group of friends. (Also watch the video at the end)

Contact Karen Mansfield at 519- 210-1010 if you have questions.

Are you interested in opening your home to two or three international students studying at the University of Waterloo ‎for a meal this Easter?

  • Go to and click on the “Register to Host” button.
  • Complete the online form. Under “select a campaign”, pick “Easter 2017 – Waterloo “.
  • Closer to Easter, you will receive an email matching you with students who also signed up to be hosted.

Not quite sure? Read our Tips for Hosting International Students for Dinner