International Student Friendship Program seeks community participation

PLATTSBURGH The PICL (Partners In Cross Cultural Learning) Program, sponsored by the International Student Service Office at SUNY Plattsburgh, is a friendship program which matches newly arriving international students with volunteers from the community. The students are provided an authentic experience of life in the United States, and local residents have the opportunity to glimpse into different cultures through interaction with the students.

Through casual, social exchange, international students establish a friendly and supportive link to the community. Each semester, students are matched with community residents and meet about once a month for informal activities such as family dinners. International students live on campus, so hosting a student is not a part of this program. PICL also coordinates various social activities throughout the semester such as bowling outings and sledding parties. There are currently more than 40 volunteer and international student partnerships through the PICL Program.

For those interested in becoming a volunteer, a community partner information meeting and orientation will be held on Thursday, Sept. 6, at 11:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in the Angell College Center (Amnesty Room) on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus. Applications for community PICL volunteers will be accepted through Sept. 10.

For more information, contact Michelle St. Onge, PICL coordinator at SUNY Plattsburgh, at 518-564-3270, via e-mail at picl@plattsburgh.edu or visit the Web site at www.plattsburgh.edu/admissions/international/picl.php

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