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Friends Program

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Interested in being a friend to an international student in Geelong?

That’s great! We are thankful for your interest in befriending an international student.

You play an important role in extending friendship and Geelong hospitality to a student, making his/her time here a happy and memorable experience. In return, you get to make a positive impact, and learn about another culture and intercultural skills.

Please fill out this form so that we can match you with an international student. Any information you share with us will remain confidential and will be used for matching purposes only.

If you have any questions, please contact Simone Budd at [email protected]

Required fields are marked with an asterisk (*).

Your information

Household information

Please note that International Friends does not match local single males with female students or single local females with male students.

The International Friends coordinator will do their best to match you based on the preferences listed but cannot guarantee it.

Personal references

Please provide the name and phone number of a personal referee.

Referee 1
Referee 2

By submitting this form, I am stating that I want to participate in the International Friendship Family Program and agree to the following:

  • I understand that this is an application for the program and not a guaranteed placement. I certify that the information I provide throughout the selection process, including on this application for a position and in discussions with International Friends Coordinator is true, correct, and complete to the best of my knowledge.
  • It is strongly recommended that participants are up to date with their COVID-19 vaccination doses as per their eligibility.
  • I understand that I will not be matched with an international student until I attend orientation.
  • I provide permission for my contact information (email, phone) to be provided to the international student I am matched with
  • I understand that I need to contact the International Friends Coordinator if I need any assistance or advice during the program
  • I understand that I must follow International Friends code of conduct and values.
  • I give permission for photographic or video recordings of me at International Friends events to be electronically displayed via the Internet or in a public setting.
  • I will connect with the international student at least fortnightly
  • I will be respectful of the international student’s beliefs whether personal, religious or cultural.
  • I will be interested and open to sharing my/our culture with international student and learn their culture from them.
  • I will provide the international student a safe and friendly environment and experience.