Ambassador Program: Welcome Host Mixer

Looking for a volunteering opportunity that includes new connections with the international community in the Leuven area? As a welcome host in our ambassador program we will pair you with a newcomer in Leuven for a 6 month period to help them with a soft landing upon arrival. 

At the end of 2022 we launched the pilot for our new Welcome Ambassador Program. So far we have made multiple successful matches (& counting) between newcomers in Leuven and local Leuvenaars (international and locals). We are looking to not only recruit some new hosts, but also connect the community of welcome hosts that we already have. 

What is the mixer all about?

The goal of our welcome host mixer is to connect existing hosts, with those that are already signed up OR would like to hear more about the program. The program for the evening will be very casual and include a drink, some snacks, and new connections! During the evening we will:

  • Give a brief overview of the welcome ambassador program
  • Hear from some current hosts about their experiences
  • Have time to ask your questions as an existing or prospective host
  • Have a moment for feedback and/or suggestions from you! We want our hosts and newcomers to benefit from this program to fullest extent, how can we help to make that a reality?
  • Connect with other internationally minded Leuvenaars

Who is the mixer for?

This mixer is for anyone interested in becoming, or already is, a welcome host in our ambassador program. What qualifies you as a welcome host?  Well, we ask that welcome hosts have been living in the Leuven area for a while (+1 years) and feel comfortable showing others around town (this naturally includes a love for Leuven!). 

If you are already a host, or waiting to be paired, then this is a great opportunity to meet the other hosts in the program to share experiences or ask questions to one one another. You can share ideas of fun activities to do together, or even set up a "double date" with another host-newcomer pair (the possibilities are endless)! 

If you are interested in becoming a host, but haven't yet signed up, then this mixer is also for you. We will have a short introduction to the program, explaining the important details and hear from current hosts about their experience. It is also a time where you can ask questions to the International House Leuven team about the program or what we do in Leuven. 

I want to join! 

Great! We are looking forward to welcoming you to the International House Leuven (Tiensevest 60) on March 16th at 19:00. We kindly request that you register via Eventbrite so we know how many to expect. This event is free and will be held in English, but you are of course welcome to use whatever contact language with others present. 

Can't make it on March 16th but would still like more information about the program and becoming a host? Feel free to e-mail us with any questions. Sophie, our program expert, will get back with you soon. 

Already want to know the specifics of the program?

Via this link you can read all about the program. 

General info

Thursday 16 March 2023
19:00 - 20:30
International House Leuven
International House Leuven
Tiensevest 60
3000 Leuven
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