Friendship Families

Welcome to St. Louis! We’re so glad you’re here! International students like you contribute greatly to the richness and vitality of our city.

Would you like to have an American “Friendship Family” while you’re here? Friendship Families are a wonderful way to:

  • meet an American family that really wants to know you! They’ll be interested in learning about you, your family, and your country.
  • see how Americans live and see the inside of an American home. 
  • ask questions about living here — about shopping, driving, and places to visit. They will know!

Having a Friendship Family is great fun!  In many cases, students and their American families become lifelong friends.

If you’d like to have a Friendship Family, please contact Sharon at or 314-452-6406.

Volunteer with ISM!

Every year, more than 8,000 international students come to St. Louis to study at our universities.  They seek authentic American experiences and are eager to learn about our people, culture, and customs.  

Please join ISM in welcoming these students to our city!  We host free cultural events and activities throughout the year, including a pumpkin-carving party, autumn bonfire, and traditional Thanksgiving dinner.  To learn more about ISM and our volunteer opportunities, please email 

Easter Dinner

April 6 @ 12:00 PM

Join us for a FREE traditional Easter dinner at Village Lutheran Church in Ladue.  Bring your family…bring a friend!  To register, email (and let us know if you need a ride).  We hope to see you there!

Tuesday Lunches

Come join American and international friends every Tuesday at noon for lunch at Memorial Presbyterian Church near the main campus of Washington University. Lunch is free, so grab your friends and head on over! Check out the Events page and click on Tuesday Lunch in the Calendar for directions to the church.