Tomodachi "Friendship" Program
One or two American Studies Program (ASP) students are matched with a family for one academic year (April-December). It is a friendship program, not a homestay program. The family and student(s) should plan to meet at least once a month for an activity, such as dinner in the family's home, attending a school, community, musical, or sports event, to go shopping or on a picnic. The student and family, through their friendship, will have an opportunity to share their cultures with each other. To find out more about this program, click here.
Community Service and Cultural Exchange
ASP students engage in many different types of service activities throughout the year, partnering with community organizations and groups throughout Salem and beyond. Students volunteer with homeless shelters, senior communities, community gardens, and local schools. These activities not only give ASP students a chance to share Japanese culture in a variety of ways, but they also learn from people in the community about American culture and life. It is a wonderful opportunity for students to understand the United States outside of a college campus, and for community members to engage with international students and their cultures.
If you are a community partner interested in hosting a volunteer opportunity for ASP students, please contact Barby Dressler, Director, University Relations and Special Programs, at TIUA: