International House (IHouse)

voLEARNteer with IHouse


Volunteer Responsibilities

Volunteer Benefits

Time Commitment

Useful Links


  • Lead small group discussions with members of the Duke Community who would like to practice conversational English
  • Topics include American culture, social systems and daily life
  • Meet people from around the world and learn about their cultures
  • Receive training and gain experience in facilitating group discussions and cross-cultural communication
Mondays from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m.

Program Details



  • You will be matched with a non-native speaker who would like to practice conversational English or another language you speak
  • Meet with your language partner for weekly conversation
  • Learn/practice a new language by requesting a partner speaking a specific language
  • Form cross-cultural connections
  • Learn about another culture
  • Develop intercultural sensitivity
  • Gain language tutoring skills
Weekly meetings based on partners' schedules

Program Details



  • Spend time with an international member of the Duke Community to form friendships
  • Help someone acclimate to the life at Duke and in the U.S.
  • Share culture with one another, such as customs, holidays, cuisine and values
  • Form cross-cultural connections
  • Explore Duke and the Triangle together
  • Learn about another culture
  • Receive training on cross-cultural communication and intercultural sensitivity
Monthly meetings based on participants schedules

Program Details


Global Cafe

  • Have informal conversations with Duke students, employees, post-docs, scholars and families over coffee or tea
  • Meet new people from around the world
  • Expand knowledge about other cultures
  • Have lively conversations
  • Enjoy great food, tea and coffee!
Fridays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Program Details


  • Welcome new international students and support them to acclimate to Duke before, during and after the International Orientation
  • Assist with the planning of International Orientation schedule and activities
  • Co-lead International Orientation with IHouse staff
  • Connect students with staff and campus resources
  • Develop strong leadership, communication and planning skills
  • Develop intercultural sensitivity
One Year

Undergraduate IHOP

Graduate IHOP