– Inspirations –

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."

- Dr. Seuss


Since 1971, CCIS has been an all volunteer organization that provides programs for international undergraduates, graduate students and post doctoral scholars — and often their spouses and children. Programs include:

  • Foster Relative
  • 2-3 day Home Stay when a student first arrives in Evanston
  • One-on-one English Conversation Partners for Students
  • English Conversation Classes for Spouses
  • Cooking Club for Spouses
  • International Women’s Group
  • Parent and Child Playgroup
  • Fall Reception and Spring Picnic.

Ongoing Opportunities:

A Home Stay family picks up the student in Evanston upon arrival and welcomes him/her into their home, occasionally helps them find housing, but frequently helps them buy or acquire furnishings and housewares for the new apartment, and stays in contact throughout the school year(s).

A Foster Family is just that; invites the student to dinner or to go out occasionally, keeps in contact throughout the school year(s), includes them in holidays, is there for help and encouragement.

English Conversation Partners meet a student weekly for an hour to talk about mutual interests or anything puzzling to the student i.e. American sports, politics, movies, slang phrases, etc.

Conversation Partners Coordinator to match students with volunteers based on mutual interests, using google doc or other method.
For International Women, help plan or host twice a month get-togethers to discuss and celebrate holidays or take field trips to ethnic restaurants or other places of interest.

For Playgroup, plan monthly, bi-monthly or weekly get togethers, for parents to meet and discuss topics of concern while their children play and listen to books,songs or do simple crafts.
Board members plan the fall Welcome Reception and spring picnic and coordinate publicity, fundraising and additional activities.