“I think I give her comfort that someone is always thinking about her and hoping she’s adjusting well to the city and UB. It’s like a big sister/little sister relationship, and I try to achieve one event per month that involves our like interests.”
Sabrina Hines, a UB employee and UB Friends volunteer
The University of Baltimore UB Friends Program was created to ease the transition into American culture and the university setting for new international students. International students are paired with a friendship volunteer (UB student, faculty, staff, alumni) to share common interests and build friendships. The UB Friends Program matches a new international student (undergraduate, graduate, law) with a friendship volunteer with whom he or she can visit, enjoy an occasional meal, celebrate holidays, participate in community events and enjoy the exchange of international friendships. There are no rules to successful friendships. The only requirement is that there is an honest respect for each other's ideas, customs and world views. Often the friendships which develop between students and the Americans they meet last a lifetime and bridge the distance between countries and cultures.
The UB Friends Program is an opportunity to:
The UB Friends Program offers an opportunity to:
Students may request a volunteer at the beginning of each fall and spring semester