What is Friends for Dinner?
Friends for Dinner is a collaboration between local churches and Christian student organizations 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 2021
Thanksgiving is celebrated the second Monday of every October in Canada. It is a time to reflect on things that we are thankful for. If you would like to participate in a Thanksgiving dinner this season, check back on September 15 when registration opens.
Note: Due to COVID-19, the gatherings will be virtual get-togethers with actual meals provided by the host families.