My name is Julie and I've met many of you at the Peace Corps dinners
and happy hours. I work with Courtney Bauman, who was a PCV in
Namibia, in the Office of International Education at UTA.
I just wanted to let you know that there is a great way to get
involved with international students studying here in the US at UT
Arlington. Depending on where you were located, you may be able to
be matched with someone from that country. UTA has around 2500
international students that have come from 100 countries all over the
world. The program is called The Link and we match international
students with Arlington community members/families that want to be
friends with an international student. We ask that Link partners
meet up at least once a month for a school year and it is up to the
Link partners to decide on their activities, which can range from
going out for coffee, cooking meals from eachother's cultures, or
celebrating a holiday. (Many of the int'l students are excited to
cook you meals from their countries.) Through the process of signing
up international students for this program I've met so many students
that I'd like to be "linked" with, but I can't claim them all, so
that's why I thought of the Peace Corps vols. You can read more
about it on the website, and find the application at:
(Also these students are
looking for people of all ages to be linked with- so don't think
you're too old or too young to be linked with a college student- they
just want a sense of family, someone to take interest in them and
show them a little bit about American culture.) Or let me know if you
know someone else who might be interested.
When I receive your application, I'll contact you to orient you
briefly to the program, and then I will email you some brief info
about your partner and their country. Then we ask that the community
members be the first to initiate contact so there is no confusion.
Any questions, concerns or problems should be directed to me.
Feel free to email me, Julie Holmer, at jholmer@...
, or call me
at 817.272.2355 with any questions or concerns.
Thanks and have a great day!
Office of International Education
University of Texas at Arlington
1022 UTA Blvd
Arlington, TX 76019