What is OASIS?
“OASIS” is an Organization Assisting and Serving International Students in Louisville. We are a group of students and local volunteers who would like to welcome you to Louisville. Our community wants to promote friendship and hospitality for international students, scholars and family members. We offer a “family-friendly” environment and respect all faiths and backgrounds. Oasis links international students with American volunteers who are interested in cross-cultural exchange and understanding! We have a weekly large group meeting on campus, small group meetings in homes, monthly activities, trips and much more.
Who may participate?
Our programs and activities are open to international students of all nationalities and religions; any international student, visiting scholar, or spouse who wants to make cross-cultural friendships can participate. Families are always welcome.
How can OASIS help you?
Volunteers in our group help new-comers with various practical needs they face when moving to a new culture. Many of our volunteers have lived in other countries themselves and speak other languages. They also understand the challenges of “culture shock” and loneliness.
Social: Friends, Family, Meals, Activities, Games, Trips…OASIS provides many opportunities for you to enjoy your time in America. You will make friends with people from all over the world in a safe, welcoming environment.
Cultural: In OASIS, you won’t just learn about American culture, you’ll meet people from all over the world. We try different foods, travel to different historical and cultural sites, celebrate holidays together, and have cultural discussions every week. In the past, we have had African heritage night, Chinese dumpling parties, Eid dinners, Persian Nowruz, etc… Every Friday evening, we have dinner and then share a cultural discussion. Everyone is invited to share about their own culture.
Arrival Assistance: When you first arrive, volunteers are available to pick you up at the airport and provide temporary housing for up to 4 days. We have volunteers who help you find affordable furniture, household items, and apartments. Finally, we are here to help you and answer any questions you may have about life in America. We want you to feel at home in Louisville. Our volunteers receive no payment for their time or help! These services are free of charge.
Academic Assistance & Mentors: We have certified ESL volunteers and teachers who can read over your papers, and help with your language learning. Our volunteers are also professionals in different areas of the community and willing to be mentors in your studies.
Spiritual: We believe that human beings have needs beyond the mere physical. We are people of faith and believe it is important to seek God’s truth in our lives. We respect all beliefs and backgrounds. We follow the NAFSA statement of ethical principles.