What is the Host Program?
Founded in 1993, the Host Program is an opportunity for Baltimore-area alumnae/i to meet and interact with current Goucher first-year students from across the country and around the world. The program is designed to welcome freshmen to Baltimore and to ease their adjustment to a new environment. While some matches last only a year, many hosts and students form meaningful relationships that continue even after graduation.
Volunteers are recruited in late spring to host students arriving in September. Over the summer, new students from outside of the Mid-Atlantic region are invited to participate in the program. Both alumnae/i volunteers and students are asked to complete questionnaires which the committee uses to make the best possible matches.
What does being a host involve?
Being a host is a wonderful and easy way to volunteer for Goucher. It provides a great opportunity to get to know today’s students while helping them feel comfortable during the first year of college. Activities can be planned around your schedule and interests and can involve your family and friends. We do recommend that you meet with your student a minimum of two times throughout the academic year.
Activities might include:
- A home-cooked meal
- A sightseeing trip in and around Baltimore
- An offer to provide transportation to the airport or train station around the holidays
- An Orioles or Ravens game
- A night out at dinner and the movies
Matching students and families according to interests and backgrounds will be our first consideration. After the matching has taken place, we will provide you with your student’s or host’s address and phone number to enable contact prior to arrival on campus.
If you have any questions, please contact the office of Alumnae/i Affairs at 410-337-6180 or firstname.lastname@example.org.