How do I join?

The first step in joining this program is to fill out an application. Once you have filled out the application we will do our best to match you with a local family according to the preferences listed on your application. We will share your information with your Friendship Family, so they can contact you directly and arrange a time to meet with you.

If I do, what will I be doing with my friendship family?

Throughout your program, your Friendship Family will invite you over for family dinners, holidays, and other various social activities. The main purpose is to create a sense of home and community for you in Sandusky while also providing local families a wonderful opportunity to bring a different culture into their home. AAG will also be in communication with you during your program and will invite you to cultural events and activities in the area.

Expectations and Guidelines


International Participants of Friendship Family are expected:

  • To maintain regular communication with their Friendship Family- returning phone calls, emails and other forms of communication within 24 hours
  • To meet with their Friendship Family at least twice a month
  • To be flexible when it comes to scheduling meetings with the Friendship Family.  Remember, canceling the meeting at the very last minute is not OK
  • To respect traditions, religious and political beliefs of their Friendship Family
  • To facilitate a cultural exchange (share their culture)
  • To be flexible in perception of another culture
  • To attend at least 1 (one) volunteer event organized by AAG
  • To complete participation surveys/ evaluations and provide feedback to AAG about Friendship Family program