University Looking for Thanksgiving Hosts

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The University of Windsor's International Student Centre is hoping you'll set an extra place at your Thanksgiving dinner this year.

The centre is looking for volunteers to host international students for dinner later this month.

Centre director Beth Oakley says they've been doing the Host for the Holidays program for more than a dozen years and it's become something students from abroad look forward.

"When our international students come to Canada to study they're not just here to learn about the Canadian education system," says Oakley. "They're here to learn about our cultures and traditions, to have a better understanding about Canada and Windsor. That's really a part of their learning."

She says they're looking to place about 180 students.

"We're getting there, to our goal, but we still need some more families to come forward and help us to make this work," says Oakley. We all want companionship and friendship and food, good food, and that's really what it's all about. The sharing of each other's traditions, that's what brings us closer as a community."

Oakley tells AM800 News most host families end up doing it again.

"Sometimes they're hesitant at first, but their response is they want to do it again next year. So something must be really great about it," adds Oakley. "They want to share their traditions. They end up finding out that no matter where you're from the in world, really we all have similarities more than we have differences."

Families can host a student October 12, 13 or 14.

The deadline to sign up is October 2.

 

— With files from AM800's Rob Hindi