Dinner in a US Home


Dinner in a US Home

Howdy and welcome to Aggieland!


The Dinner in a U.S. Home (DIAUSH) program provides an opportunity for international students to connect beyond the Texas A&M University campus and to better assimilate into the Texas A&M and Bryan/College Station community. In particular, this program is designed to foster new friendships that promote cultural learning and appreciation for both hosts and students. Dinner in a U.S. Home renders a casual environment that promotes the open exchange of cultural experiences, customs and ideas.

Registration is open! International Student Services is recruiting interested individuals or families who are willing to open their home for one evening and invite an international student for dinner. 

Thank you again for your interest in our program. If you would like more information about Dinner in a U.S. Home, please check out our Facebook Page, email us at iss@tamu.edu, or give us a call at 979-845-1824. This website can also be accessed through our short link URL: http://tx.ag/USDinner.

Check out our Facebook Page!

Note: The Dinner in a US Home program currently is designed to serve those participants only in the Brazos Valley community. Thank you for your understanding.

Hosts include Texas A&M students, alumni, employees and residents of the Bryan/College Station area. By participating in the program, you become a part of a growing tradition that enriches the lives of international students. If you are interested in becoming a host for this program, please fill out the Host Sign-Up Form Below. Once you are matched and you are hosting more than one student, you can host them individually, as a group, or however you choose. Contact your guests in a timely manner to make arrangements. For dates and time, please attempt to host the student during the semester in which you registered. If you signed up to host a student in more than one semester, please be prepared to host a student in each semester you for which you registered.

Disclaimer: Please note that for our annually run program, Host/Student matching will begin starting in January. Registration is open year round, however, student (and periodically Host registration) will be closed as needed when the slots available are filled. ISS typically recruits hosts throughout the semester. ISS monitors the number of students who register to ensure that host and student matching is processed smoothly. 

Please complete the application if you are interested in being a host for Dinner in a U.S. Home. Please click the link below to fill out the DIAUSH Host registration form.

Important: By selecting multiple semesters for participation, please note that you are willing to participate for each selected semester. For example, if you select spring 2017, summer 2017, and fall 2017, you will be matched with a student (depending on availability of student participants) for each semester and with a different international student for each selected semester.

A confirmation email will be sent to the email address you provide. Please MAKE SURE your email address is correct. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please send an email to iss@tamu.edu with the subject 'Dinner in a U.S. Home Confirmation Email Missing'.

To update the registration information or to cancel your registration, please email ISS at iss@tamu.edu with the subject 'Dinner in a U.S. Home'.

Once you are matched with an international student, ISS will contact you for details.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to email ISS at the link below or visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.

Host Sign-Up For a Dinner in a U.S. Home
 
All international students enrolled at the Texas A&M University are invited to participate in Dinner in a U.S. Home. You may bring friends, spouses and children to dinner (just be sure you include them when you register). Once you have registered you will wait until you are matched and your host contacts you to make dinner arrangements.

Disclaimer: Please note that for our annually run program, Host/Student matching will begin starting in January. Student (and periodically Host registration) will be closed as needed when the slots available are filled. Please be aware that this program will not be matching during the winter holiday. ISS typically recruits hosts throughout the semester. ISS monitors the number of students who register to ensure that host and student matching is processed smoothly.

Note: When maximum capacity of student registration occurs, ISS will close student registration temporarily. If our host capacity increases, we will increase the student capacity by reopening the student registration portal.

When open, please register below if you are an international student interested in the Dinner in a U.S. Home program. You will need to complete the Registration Form on the next page.

A confirmation email will be sent to the email address you provide. Please MAKE SURE your email address is correct. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please send an email to iss@tamu.edu with the subject 'Dinner in a U.S. Home Confirmation Email Missing'.

To update the registration information or to cancel your registration, please email ISS at iss@tamu.edu with the subject 'Dinner in a U.S. Home'.

Once you are matched with a host family, ISS will send an email notification providing details and guidance for your Dinner in a US home.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to email ISS or visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.

Student Sign-Up For a Dinner in a U.S. Home

Dinner in a US Home
Howdy and welcome to Aggieland!

The Dinner in a U.S. Home (DIAUSH) program provides an opportunity for international students to connect beyond the Texas A&M University campus and to better assimilate into the Texas A&M and Bryan/College Station community. In particular, this program is designed to foster new friendships that promote cultural learning and appreciation for both hosts and students. Dinner in a U.S. Home renders a casual environment that promotes the open exchange of cultural experiences, customs and ideas.

Registration is open for Summer and Fall 2017! International Student Services is recruiting interested individuals or families who are willing to open their home for one evening and invite an international student for dinner.
Thank you again for your interest in our program. If you would like more information, visit http://tx.ag/USDinner for more information. Contact: iss@tamu.edu, (979) 845-1824.

Check out our Facebook Page!

Note: The Dinner in a US Home program currently is designed to serve those participants only in the Brazos Valley community. Thank you for your understanding.

 

The purpose of the Dinner in a U.S. Home program is to match international students with a host from the Bryan/College Station area. Through this informal program, students will be matched with local hosts and enjoy a casual dinner together. Applications for this program can be found on the ISS website.

Who can participate?

Students: All international students are welcome to apply. Priority may be given to international students who have recently arrived in the United States. In particular, priority may be given to students who have not participated in the DIAUSH program.
Hosts: Hosts are Bryan/College Station area residents. Any resident with an interest in helping others and learning more about other cultures is encouraged to participate.

How do I apply?

Students: Visit Student Sign-Up page.
Hosts: Visit Host Sign-Up page.

What are my responsibilities?

Students: You are expected to be a respectful, gracious guest. You are also expected to be punctual and honor your host’s time. A small token of thanks is not necessary, but always appreciated.
Hosts: After you receive a confirmation email from ISS with your student(s) information, you are expected to contact the student(s) to arrange a date and time for your dinner and transportation (if necessary). You will prepare a meal of your choosing to share with the students. You are also expected to provide a welcoming environment. Participation is voluntary, thus there is no payment or reimbursement for the costs of the meal.

What do you consider when making a match? 

Students: When you register for Dinner in a U.S. Home you will be given an opportunity to select your preferences on items such as whether or not you are comfortable with domesticated animals, if you have your own transportation or if you will need a ride to dinner, how many family members (if any) you will bring with you and any food or dietary restrictions you may have. Please be as honest as possible when making your selections to ensure the best dinner experience. You will be matched with a host based on your interests and needs.
Hosts: When you register for Dinner in a U.S. Home you will be asked several questions including whether or not you have domesticated animals, if you will be willing to provide transportation (some students do not own their own vehicle) and how many students you are willing to accommodate. Please be as honest as possible when completing these questions so that we can best accommodate your needs. Please also be aware that due to religious or cultural beliefs, some students may have certain dietary restrictions. We suggest discussing these with your designated students prior to dinner. You will be matched with a student based on your interests and needs.

Once I have been matched, what do I do next? 

Students: Wait to be contacted by your host to make arrangements.
Hosts: If you are hosting more than one student, you can host them individually, as a group, or however you choose. Contact your guests in a timely manner to make arrangements. For dates and time, please attempt to host the student during the semester in which you registered. Example: If you registered for both spring and summer 2017, please attempt to contact and host your student for each prospective semester during that particular time frame.

What if I have another question? 

You can contact ISS at iss@tamu.edu; subject line: Dinner in A U.S. Home. You can also contact us at (979) 845-1824.

Please watch our Student and Host live testimonial to have a better understanding of our program!

DIAUSH
Student Testimony
Dear Jeanie,

I really want to thank you very much for inviting me to your lovely home and I really enjoyed myself... I am so glad to know your kind and friendly family... Thank you Jeanie for everything you have prepared, it was like hanging out with my family. Just like you said, if you were in another country, you would like to have someone who cares about you like your family. If you guys go to China someday, make sure you let me know, I will be your family in China, just like you are my family in the US.
Sincerely,

Yiming Wang
(TAMU International Student)
 
Host Testimony
I had 3 students from China and 1 from India. They are all very special in my heart. My family and I showed them how to start a fire on the BBQ pit and how to BBQ... We then enjoyed a huge Texas dinner in which they all enjoyed very much... My family learned a lot of their culture and vice versa. It was very rewarding. It was so much fun, and I will gladly do it again. Thank you for letting me be a part of this.
Regards,

Jeanie Marshall
(Host Participant)
* * *

The dinner party went very well. Each one responded promptly to my emails and was so polite and punctual! We had 6 total... all from Seoul but none knew each other from Korea! ... If everyone's dinner went as ours did, I'd say it was a successful program.
Best Regards,

(Host Participant)
* * *

Just this past Friday we had dinner with a Taiwanese student (and his girlfriend) as well as a Chinese student. We have three young kids, so not only did my wife and I get to enjoy the students’ company, but we were able to expose our kids to new cultures. The students and our children seemed to really enjoy one another’s company. We talked well into the night, and it seem no one wanted to call it an evening.

Thanks again for bringing this wonderful program to our attention. We hope to be annual participants!
Best Regards,

(Participant)


The Dinner in a US Home Staff and International Student Services invite you to share a picture from your Dinner in a U.S. Home experience. Here’s how it works:
  1. Email picture(s) to ISS (iss@tamu.edu) after your hosted dinner.
  2. You may also include a brief (one sentence) testimony about your experience hosting a dinner, but you are not obligated! If you include a statement, it may be published along with your photo. If you prefer to remain anonymous in the post, just let ISS know in your e-mail.
  3. ISS staff will create monthly social media posts displaying photographs from recent dinner experiences.

Dinner in a US Home Photo contest disclaimer:

All participants should exercise discretion on the photo content that is submitted. ISS reserves the right to not accept and/or remove any photo that does not align with the values and mission of Texas A&M University or the Dinner in a US Home program. Remember, this is a family friendly program.
Please feel free to contact ISS at iss@tamu.edu; subject line: Dinner in A U.S. Home. Please also feel free to contact us at (979) 845-1824.