for international students in Southampton and Winchester

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

We are monitoring the Coronavirus situation and at the moment we will continue with our events as planned. Please do not come to any event if you have a cough or high temperature or have a health vulnerability. If we need to cancel events we will contact all the student who have booked and update our website and app. We will also be in touch with any volunteers involved.

If you have coronavirus symptoms of a new continuous cough or high temperature you must follow the latest Government advice (12th March 2020) to stay at home for 7 days. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to contact 111 to tell them that you are staying at home. Only use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, your condition gets worse or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days.

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.

Our next scheduled general training is at our Crossing Cultures Training Day, which is on Saturday 14 March 2020, in Southampton. This will be from 9.45am to 4pm at Portswood Church, Portswood Rd, Southampton SO17 2FY. More information will be made available on Eventbrite nearer the time.


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:

  • Help with catering once a term for iExplore (cooking a meal for about 30)
  • Become a local link host
  • Organise an event for the programme
  • Volunteer at local social events and day trips
  • Join the prayer meetings
  • If you are going to Word Alive in April 2020 and have spaces in your car, could you offer transport?

Help with catering

We run the iExplore course every Wednesday in term time at Highfield Church Centre, and are in need of more people to help prepare and serve food, during the Autumn term. For more details, or to help on a one off basis or more regularly, please contact us.

The Philip Project runs one Saturday a month and we are in need of an extra person each month to help in the kitchen from 10:30am – 3pm. For more details and dates please see the Philip Project website and contact us if you can help on one of these dates.

Be a host for Local Link

We love to offer all the international students we meet the chance to meet local people and be invited for a meal in a local home. Some students go their entire time in our city without ever stepping foot inside a local home. Would you be willing to offer a meal to a couple of students? (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. Could your church or homegroup help run an activity? Maybe you could host a baking evening at your home? Or come and help us serve food or drinks? 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.