What is Friends for Dinner?
Friends for Dinner is an initiative taken by local churches and Christian ministries to connect friendly Canadians with international students in order to show them hospitality and build friendships.
We understand that international students coming to Canada will have many new and exciting experiences as they study and live in a new culture. Yet leaving home to live in a foreign country can also leave them feeling disoriented, lonely and homesick.
In 2012, a small team of volunteers in Ottawa came together with a vision to help church families befriend international students at local colleges and universities by inviting them into their homes during the traditional holidays of Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Since then, Friends for Dinner has hosted hundreds of international students and has spread to other cities in Ontario and across Canada.
How Do I
How To Participate
Select the option below and let us know if you are an international student or are interested in becoming a host
Our Next Event
Thanksgiving, October 2020
Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrated in October. This year, the Thanksgiving long weekend occurs on October 10-12. If you would like to participate, please register by October 4.
Note: Due to COVID-19, the gatherings in Ottawa will be virtual get-togethers with actual meals provided by the host families.