Volunteers Help International Students Feel Welcome at Michigan Tech
by Danny Messinger, web editor
Seasoned overseas travelers know the challenges of stepping off the plane in a new country. Signs and conversations are suddenly gibberish. A host of confusing customs redefine your every move. And, how will you even get to town from the airport?
These challenges pose almost no problems for Michigan Tech's newest international students--all thanks to the efforts of the University's International Programs and Services’s arrivals volunteers.
Over the two to three weeks preceding the school year’s start, about 250 adventurous international students fly from their home countries to Houghton--many having spent twenty or more hours on a plane. Many of them arrive in the middle of the night.
The first thing they see are the smiling faces of Michigan Tech international arrivals volunteers.
"From the moment they get off the plane, our team of about 20 student volunteers works to make them feel thrilled to be here," said Cassy Tefft, international admissions coordinator. "We do everything we can to make them feel welcome."
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