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Every year we send a group of our international students in our GTI 401 course to American homes to help prepare and share a meal with an American family. This immersion experience into an aspect of American culture that students don’t normally get to experience on a college campus is both fun and rewarding:

“Thank you and your mother for such a wonderful dinner! I didn’t expect that I would be able to help making the desserts. It was so fun and the food was great! Usually in Taiwan we have only a small apartment with a small kitchen, so rarely do many people prepare for a meal together…” –Ching-Fen C.

“I just like to say that this was an awesome afternoon/night! [our American hosts] are amazing and American food is really good! Definitely, today was one of the best experiences I had since we arrived in Raleigh. Thank you so much!” – Bruna M.K.

“I would like to thank you for organizing such a wonderful evening last night. I could say you guys did an awesome work choosing the families because I’ve heard only good reviews not only from the guys who went with me but also from the other Brazilians…” –Eduardo R.P.


The experience is also enriching for our American host families:

“Loved doing this as always…what a gift to meet this generation of young people from the far corners of the world…gives one hope for the future.” –Peggy M.

“We thoroughly enjoy our evenings spent with students participating in the GTI program. They are a little shocked when they arrive to find that they will be doing the cooking, but all have adapted extremely well and seem to enjoy the experience.” –Vickie H.

“We talked about what stories to share… It was very nice sitting around the fire, talking about different cultures and the biggest Holiday’s they have… We extended an offer to our guest for another visit, esp. if they find themselves on Campus alone over a break” –John and Sandy R.

“..The students seemed to really enjoy it, as each of them had “seconds”.  They asked lots of questions about the food and talked about food in China and Brazil.  They were interested in talking about government in the U.S. and their countries.   We had time to watch and explain the game of baseball, watching some of the Cubs-Cardinals game… The guests were very talkative, got along great, and we thoroughly enjoyed our evening with them.”  Randy S.


Thanks so much to everyone that has helped to make this GTI tradition a continued success!

If you’re interested in becoming a host family for GTI students and programs, please fill out the form on our website.