Interested in building friendship with international students?

Friends for Dinner

Did you know there are over 300 000 international students from over 100 different countries enrolled at universities and colleges in Canada? During their 4+ years here in Canada, most of them never have the opportunity to be invited into a Canadian home.

Imagine your son or daughter spending months or years in a far away country… How would you like to show hospitality to an international student by hosting a dinner?

International students often stay in the city during the major holidays like Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Why not invite some students into your home to share a meal together? It’s a great opportunity for you to build friendship, to learn about foreign cultures and to help international students to build a sense of belonging in a new city.

Interested by the idea, but feel a bit nervous about what it is like? Below we’ve put together a list of the most frequently asked questions that will help you to get a better idea.


Who are the people behind this?

Friends for Dinner is an initiative taken by local churches and Christians ministries. The goal is to connect local families with international students in order to show them Canadian hospitality and build friendships.

Who can participate as hosts?

We are now running in six cities: Ottawa, Montreal, Sherbrooke, Saskatoon, Kamloops and Vancouver. Simply make sure that Friends for Dinner is running in your city. Friends for Dinner is constantly working to partner with local churches and ministries in order to expand this friendship program to more places. Contact us if you would like to join our team and run Friends for Dinner in your city.

How does it work?

If you are ready to take this experience, click here to read about the step by step guide on how it works.