Saint Martin’s offers opportunities to increase cultural understanding

University seeks host families and cultural ambassadors

May 12, 2009

Lacey, Washington — Saint Martin’s University is currently offering the following opportunities to local community members who are interested in broadening their cultural horizons:

Cultural ambassadors

Saint Martin’s University is seeking high school and college students to work as cultural ambassadors for the Office of International Programs and Development. Cultural ambassadors earn $8–10 per hour or community service hours assisting foreign exchange students who participate in the school’s summer programs. For information, contact Mary Pilon, assistant director – community liaison of International Programs and Development, at 360-438-4304 or

Host families

Saint Martin’s University is seeking families to participate in the International Host Family Program this summer. Host families open their homes to international students, introducing their guests to American culture and family life. Both weekend and week-long home stay opportunities are available.

The University’s Office of International Programs and Development welcomes students from many different countries, including China, Japan, Taiwan and Korea. During their stay, students study English, learn about life in the United States and visit sites of interest in the Puget Sound area. The highlight of an international student’s visit is the home stay, when students experience daily activities and practice their English in conversations with their host families. For families, it is an exciting and enjoyable opportunity to learn more about another country, help promote cultural understanding and build long-lasting friendships.

Participating families are asked to host a pair of students and:

  • Attend a one-hour Host Family Orientation Session.
  • Provide a room for the students to share.
  • Provide meals during the students’ stay.
  • Attend a dessert reception and a farewell dinner with their students.

If your family is interested in hosting an international student, contact Mary Pilon at 360-438-4304 or

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, Catholic, coeducational university located on a 320-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 18 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 21 majors and six graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its five extension campuses located at Fort Lewis Army Post, McChord Air Force Base, Olympic College, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College.

For additional information:

Mary Pilon
Assistant director – community liaison
Office of International Programs and Development
Saint Martin’s University