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Review for International Friendships, Inc., Columbus, OH, USA

Rating: 4 stars  

Our family has enjoyed volunteering for IFI. We have had students from all over the world in our home for a holiday meal. They never fail to appreciate a personal connection, and they really have fun. We have a good time getting to know them and a little bit about their country. Sometimes we have been able to keep up a relationship and have them over again. We have also picked up students at the airport and taken them to their housing or given them a place to stay for several days until their housing was ready. My daughter has been an English partner, meeting with someone for a year or longer for English conversation to strengthen the student's skills. Our overall experience has been very positive.
Our only reason to not award 5 stars is that in the past we have felt some pressure to contribute financially, which translated to some embarrassment when those we had invited to hear about the organization felt that pressure and were a bit alienated by it. The last fundraiser was handled better.

Role:  Volunteer