YWCA Ames-ISU
808 Hayward Avenue

C1102A Knapp-Storms Commons

Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50014

Email:  ywca@iastate.edu 
Phone: 515-294-1663

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International Friendship Fairs

 

The YWCA Ames-ISU has held International Friendship Fairs since 1992! International Friendship Fairs offers a unique opportunity for the Ames and ISU communities to dispel stereotypes and gain intercultural understanding. The YWCA believes education is key to eliminating racism, so we have created a "safe space" where children and adults can ask internationals from all around the globe questions about their cultures. 

 

During International Friendship Fair activities, international volunteers share items from their cultures in a fun and educational way. Community members then experience multicultural games, crafts, exotic music, stories and much more. 

 

International Friendship Fair volunteers can be part of your community’s activities, including fairs, potlucks or special celebrations.

Volunteers: Why Participate?

Encourage cross-cultural understanding

Reduce cultural stereotypes

Develop lasting friendships

Build your resume

Develop leadership skills

Earn volunteering CERTIFICATE​ from YWCA Ames 

Upcoming International Friendship Fairs:

The YWCA Ames-ISU holds 8-10 IFF's each year throughout the academic year. IFF's are held at public and private Story County Schools (from preschool - 12th grade), the Ames Public Library, Heartland Senior Services, and more! Contact us today if you are interested in having and IFF at your organization!

If you would like to volunteer or would like International Friendship Fair presenters to be a part of your event, please contact Chinmayee at cmankar@iastate.edu.

To learn more about International Friendship Fairs, please refer to the resources below: