for international students in Southampton and Winchester

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic all Friends International events are online. If you would like to be involved in any of our events then please contact us. Please try and remain in contact with any international students you know, many have returned back to their home countries but there are still many here in Southampton and Winchester.

Please click on the link below for more information about Coronavirus.

Meeting Point

We have been asked by Southampton University Students’ Union to host a regular conversation café style event for students who will be taking the University’s Online Pre-sessional English Courses over the summer. This will be called Meeting Point and is being advertised to the students as “an opportunity to meet others on your course as well as local people from Southampton and Winchester and practice English conversation”. The first small group of students started on 18th May and so we are piloting this with them on Thursday lunchtimes. We hope to be able to engage with many students as the other courses start and would love to have lots of volunteers involved in welcoming International Students in this way. Please contact us if this is something that you would like to get involved with.


Volunteer Training

Whether you are new to international student ministry, and just wondering about getting involved, or you have been a volunteer for many years, you are welcome to join us at our regular training events and workshops.


Friends International couldn’t serve others without the support of volunteers. We rely on volunteers to help with everything from admin to organising events. There are a number of different ways you can get involved and listed below are some specific volunteer opportunities, with further information on a couple of these at the bottom of the page:

  • Become a local link host
  • Organise an event for the programme
  • Volunteer at local online social events
  • Join the online prayer meetings

Be a host for Local Link

We love to offer all the international students we meet the chance to meet local people online.and be invited for a meal in a local home. Some students go their entire time in our city without ever meeting or talking to local people. Would you be willing to offer hospitality to students by meeting them online? (NB All potential hosts will require a reference from their church leader).  Click on this link to register with us online as a local link host.

Help organise an event or activity

We have a whole programme of events which are run locally. All of the events now happen online via Zoom. Could your church or homegroup help run an online activity? Maybe you could host a quiz or teach people how to bake online? Could you chat to students and give them a chance to practice their English conversational skills? Then please contact us for more details.

Join us to pray

We meet around twice a term to pray; please contact us for details of the next prayer meeting.  There is also a regularly prayer diary produced by the team – if you’d like to receive this (either by paper or email) then please contact us.


A number of downloadable resources for volunteers are available from the main Friends International website.

Volunteers Pages

You can now log into our volunteers page (password protected – please contact us for the password) for details of current local training, resources and other events.