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.

Our next scheduled general training is at our Crossing Cultures Training Day, which is on Saturday 2 March 2019, in Bournemouth. This will be from 9.45am to 4pm at Lansdowne Church, Lansdowne Church, Woodbury Avenue, Bournemouth, BH8 0HH.  For more information or to book please see the eventbrite page.


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 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)
  • Weekly iExplore Catering co-ordinator
  • Become a local link host
  • Organise an event for the programme
  • Volunteer at local social events and day trips
  • Join the prayer meetings
  • Website assistance
  • If you are going to Word Alive in April 2019 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 always in need of more people to help prepare and serve food, and wash up, especially people to cook a meal for Spring and Summer terms 2019. 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.

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.