for international students in Southampton and Winchester

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.

We have a training for the Summer International Cafe on Monday 25 June, from 7.30 to 9.30pm at Portswood Church.

Our next scheduled general training is at our South Coast “Crossing Cultures” workshop, which is due to be on Saturday 2 March 2019, in Bournemouth (tbc).    We hope to have more details soon, but it will probably be from around 10am to around 4pm, venue still to be confirmed.

Summer Cafe 2018

We will be running a Summer International Café on Monday evenings from 2 July to 20 August at Portswood Church.  If you would like to join the team then please email Ena and Mary, and please note that there will be a Summer International Café Planning and Prayer meeting on Mon 25 June 2018.


Friends International couldn’t serve others without the support of volunteers. We rely on volunteers to help with everything from admin to organizing events. There are a number of different ways you can get involved:

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.

Help with catering

We run the iExplore course every Wednesday in term time at Highfield Church Centre, and are always in need of more people to help prepare and serve food, and wash up. You could join one of our catering teams – each team provides the food around once or twice a term, or just come and offer extra help on a Wednesday evening. Food is prepared in the late afternoon/early evening, ready to be served to the students at 7.30pm. Following the meal, we wash up whilst the students are in their discussion groups. For more details, or to help on a one off basis or more regularly, please contact us.

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.