Community Support Page

There are many ways the Baylor and central Texas community can volunteer with the Center for Global Engagement and the wonderful international students, scholars, and families we serve. See below for several ways you can get involved. If you have any questions about various ways you can get involved with the ISSS office, please email Brandon Hoye, International Programs Coordinator, at Brandon_Hoye@baylor.edu.


Baylor Faculty/Staff and Local Community Members

Global Friendship Program

The Global Friendship Program (formerly known as the PAWS Program) is a longstanding tradition at Baylor. Local families have been connecting and building lasting relationships with current Baylor families for many years. We hear stories from both international students and their student friends and families that participating in the GFP has been a rewarding experience. As a GFP volunteer you can expect to do the following:

·       Must have intention to remain in program for at least one semester once matched

·       Be open and willing to engage in new experiences, and to share your culture and values

To view more information about the Global Friendship Program click HERE.

As a GFP partner, a unique way to serve students at Baylor is to make care packages for the students. Care packages go a long way in helping international students and scholars feel a sense of belonging. Care packages also evoke feelings of love and care away from home.

A list of items that would be beneficial for international students and scholars in this care package include:  Stationery (pencils, pens, erasers), canned foods, sweets (candy, biscuits, snacks), note of encouragement, mugs, toiletries, hand sanitizers and many others.

Global Bears Week

Baylor's orientation for international students provides an amazing opportunity to welcome incoming members of the Baylor family to campus. Each fall, hundreds of new international students arrive on campus and ISSS office relies on members of the community to help make their welcome as seamless as possible. As a volunteer during Global Bears Week, you can expect to do the following:

·       Help students move their luggage into their new living space on campus

·       Go on grocery store runs with the students to help them get the needed items for their new home

·       Help ISSS staff as needed in order to help the first day of Global Bears Week go smoothly

Expect the time commitment for this event to be for up-to a full day at the start of Global Bears Week, on either Sunday or Monday, August 16-17th.

Complete the GBW volunteer form HERE

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Current Baylor Students

Global Friendship Program

The Global Friendship Program (formerly known as the PAWS Program) is a longstanding tradition at Baylor. Local families have been connecting and building lasting relationships with current Baylor families for many years. We hear stories from both international students and their student friends and families that participating in the GFP has been a rewarding experience. GFP students can expect to do the following:

·       Must have intention to remain in program for at least one semester once matched

·       Be open and willing to engage in new experiences, and the sharing of your culture and values

To view more information about the Global Friendship Program click HERE.

CGE Ambassador Program

The Center for Global Engagement ambassadors are a group of student leaders, both domestic and international, who represent the CGE through events and programming. This may include welcoming international visitors and helping them adjust to life at Baylor, as well as talking to peers about study abroad.

Applications to apply for the Ambassador program typically open towards the end of each Fall semester. Please check the Ambassador's main web page HERE to find out more information about this program.

Global Bears Week

Baylor's orientation for international students provides an amazing opportunity to welcome new incoming members of the Baylor family to campus. Each fall, hundreds of new international students arrive on campus and ISSS relies on members of the Baylor community to help make their welcome as seamless as possible. Global Bears Week volunteers can expect to do the following:

·       Help students move their luggage into their new living space on campus

·       Go on grocery store runs with the students to help them get the needed items for their new home

·       Help ISSS staff as needed in order to help the first day of Global Bears Week go smoothly

Expect the time commitment for this event to be for a full day at the start of Global Bears Week, Monday, August 19th.

Complete the GBW volunteer form HERE

Center for Global Engagement

Hankamer Academic Center, H 160.01
1428 S. 5th St.
Waco, TX 76798

One Bear Place #97012
Waco, TX 76798-7012

(254) 710-1461