“We are looking for new community members,” St. Onge said. “We always need more.”
That relationship can mean so much, she said.
For example, there have been instances where a student was hospitalized during the first week of school, and that student’s community partner was there.
“This helps students feel comfortable,” St. Onge said. “It is also the type of program that not only attracts, but retains students.”
Plattsburgh State has been recognized for its international efforts. International students responding to a survey by the International Student Barometer ranked the college No. 1 out of the 18 participating universities in the United States and No. 2 out of 208 in the world for overall satisfaction.
“This school is really conducive to studying,” said Dimitri Turner, a Plattsburgh State student from St. Kitts and Nevis. “I would recommend it to any other student.
Coming here has opened his eyes to so many differences in the world and provided him with a new outlook on life.
“It is a great way to see the world.”
Community members who participate often gain a new perspective, too.
St. Onge said Community members volunteer in the program for a variety of reasons, such as their own international experiences, exposing children to culture, practicing a language and experiencing culture firsthand and without leaving the area.
The program is currently recruiting volunteer community partners and hopes to hear from those interested as soon as possible.
“This gives students a softer landing,” Pawlowicz said.
More information for those interested in becoming a volunteer community partner is available by calling St. Onge at 518-564-3270 or visiting the program online at plattsburgh.edu/admissions/international/picl.php