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Community and Friends

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The VSA scholar program will help you build new friendships with other scholars.

Scholars leave family and friends back home and can often feel very lonely and homesick. We have a network of scholars and American volunteers and families that we have helped to become friends. 

We frequently gather for home-cooked dinners and discussion time together.  We also gather to celebrate holidays as a group.  Many scholars call the Visiting Scholars Association their home-away-from-home.

We also give scholars opportunities to experience the beauty and grandeur of the American Outdoors through events such as hiking, camping, or rafting.  Take a look at some photos from recent events.   

When it is time to return to their country is it often with happy tears, as they are leaving so many new friends.  Many scholars become friends for life!

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