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let us become friends!

"Friendship is born at the moment when one man says to another
'What! You too? I thought I was the only one.'"

- C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

Members of the Park Street Church community earnestly desire to meet and befriend you. All American citizens were once visitors, immigrants or strangers like yourselves. While some of these members now may be new citizens, permanent residents or internationals like yourselves, all consider metro Boston their home and Park Street Church their spiritual home. Many still remember their own challenges while settling in Boston.

The Focus ministry to internationals of Park Street Church has been nurturing friendship between internationals and members of the Park Street community since 1971.

exploring boston in the company of friends

Live Like a Local

Hosts of the Global Friends program desire to appreciate other countries and cultures through authentic friendships with interesting, highly capable internationals like yourselves.  In exchange, if you will allow them, hosts of the Global Friends program will come alongside and help ease you into American life and culture.

Any international who is 18 years or older and affiliated with one or more ministries of Park Street Church may participate in Global Friends.

Meet a Global Friends Host

  • Complete an application form
  • Reply when your host contacts you
  • Meet with your host at least once monthly
  • Nurture friendship for an academic year

meet a global friends host

Paper form available from a teacher or leader.




Global Friends Hosts are members and regular attenders of Park Street Church.  Every volunteer has completed training, passed a background check and is supported by staff and leaders of the church.

The Global Friends leadership team reads applicaton forms to best match internationals with hosts. All matches are same-gender. All hosts are followers of Jesus Christ.

fun & enriching

After the initial introduction, hosts and internationals determine mutually agreeable meeting days, times, location and activity. Don't worry if you don't know what to do. We have ideas for activities including play dates for your children.

Hosts are like you -- friendly, curious, talented and hard-working. Because of their love and faith in Jesus, hosts will always seek your best interest. Hosts hope their friendship with internationals will last a lifetime.

share your stories

The institutions and employers that bring to you to Boston put heavy demands on you and your family. You work hard but how well are you known?

Every person is shaped by their home culture and traditions. Global Friends hosts want to know you and learn your stories.


See if we have an answer to your question on our FAQs page.

Contact the Global Friends leadership team by email at [email protected].


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