We have students from across the globe, including Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Japan, England, Germany, South Sudan, France, Cambodia, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Ireland, Poland, Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Kuwait, & many other places! Join us as we journey together in faith & friendship.
Global Friends Memphis
We are an international welcoming community based through The University of Memphis on a journey together in faith & friendship. We hope you can become our Global Friends family.
Every culture has a common connection point: FOOD. At our monthly Global Dinners we provide that perfect connection point for many different cultures to come together to share a meal & hopefully connect with a new friend. We strive to always meet in a warm & hospitable American home. This enables students to enjoy our culture while learning about a new family.
We are invited to all the international student orientations on campus to share who we are & what we offer to students. Here is Dorina (left) from Germany with Ceasar from South Sudan. Welcoming international students is what we do best here at Global Friends Memphis.
What better way to become close friends than to go on a trip together? We have annual Fall retreats & Spring camping trips. This enables students to grow closer as a community & have once in a lifetime opportunities to experience fun & create unforgettable memories together.
We enjoy having fun together playing games & getting to know one another.
Volleyball is one of many sports we like to introduce & play as a team. If you’re into sports or want to learn contact us & we’d love to organize a sports day!
ENGAGE: International Student Retreat Oct 27-28
Each year InterVarsity hosts Global Friends & several other international communities from various campuses connecting through InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for a weekend to disconnect from distractions and school in order to reconnect with others, nature, & with God.
This year we will be at Lake Forest Ranch in Macon, MS (3 hour drive from Memphis). We offer an opportunity to hear from God through the theme: THIRSTY. We will have international songs about God the creator & small groups to find out what the Bible has to say about where we should go with our desire to be loved, accepted, to have purpose, & fulfilled relationships.
We also will have volleyball, soccer, frisbee, ping pong, rock climbing, canoes, & a bonfire. This will be a weekend to remember.
The dates for ENGAGE are SaturdayOct 27 10am-Sunday October 28 2pm. Price is $60.
What great memories were made. Can’t wait to create so many more this year!!
ENGAGE in 2013
Our group from Memphis back in 2013.
We have the wall you can scale & repel across a line if you’re brave enough. It’s a lot of fun.
Our group from 2013.
International Worship song
Cesar from South Sudan leads us in worship to the God of the Bible through fun & thoughtful international songs.
We always enjoy hearing from other faiths on their upbringing & view of God. We will look at various passages in The Bible to see what The Bible says about our purpose.
Our eating area for VOTN
This is where we meet each meal during Voice of the Nations International Student Retreat (VOTN).
Some students on the lake enjoying their time.
Friends Across the Globe
Global Friends isn’t just a safe & welcoming international community here in Memphis; we have Global Friends in other parts of the globe who travel back home but never forget their experience while in Memphis.
Click HERE to see a 1-minute video of our friend Dorina, who was apart of Global Friends & now has moved back to Germany.
Click here for a 1-minute video from our friend, Kimberly, who is from Leticia, Colombia.
Global Friends Host Family
Coming here to the states can be overwhelming & daunting. To be without your family & most of your comforts can feel strange & lonely. We’re here to help! We want to connect each student struggling with these issues to be welcomed by an American host family. They will reach out & invite you to join their family for holidays & be a home away from home.