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Mission Statement

We seek to serve international students and their families at The Ohio State University by meeting their practical, social and spiritual needs. We provide many services to meet the practical (airport pickup, temporary housing, garage sale shopping, and ESL classes and English Conversation Partners), social (potlucks, picnics, holiday meals, trips, special events), and spiritual (Bible studies, retreats, and one on one mentoring) needs of students.


Over 5,000 internationals are studying in Columbus. IFI offers the students a variety of services and events.




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by C L. (2009-02-23 08:33:20.0)
I was very excited to volunteer as an ESL conversation partner, but unfortunately you are only allowed to do so if you are a Christian. Though it does not mention this in the ad, a representative of the organization responded to my inquiry by stating: "The students who sign up for a partner with us are expecting our volunteers to be active members of a local church. If for some reason you are unable to provide a reference then we will not be able to approve you as a volunteer." This might be a great opportunity for someone interested in promoting a Christian agenda, but prepare to be excluded if you are a Jew, Muslim, Hindu, non-believer, etc. Too bad; I really could have contributed a lot to their English education mission.
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