We are a non profit organization based in Detroit, Michigan, focusing on international cultural and educational activities in the city of Detroit.
We host international travelers and offer housing, English instruction, Museum tours, and fun activities, as well as help out other nonprofits.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
Travelers will learn all about Detroit, an amazing city.
Native Speakers: interact daily with speakers of other languages and gain some knowledge of other tongues and cultures.
Daily interaction with people from all over the world.
English classes: There are FREE English classes, please let us know when you contact us if you are interested in attending because registration is required.
See other interesting parts of the USA: Detroit is less than a 2 hour plane from New York City and less than 5 hours from Chicago and Toronto by train. Travel is encouraged during your stay with us so it's a great opportunity to see various parts of the USA!
We need help with maintaining our facilities, so help with landscaping and other house maintenance projects
We need grant writing help
We have various research projects requiring online research
We need help with social media management and marketing
We need help creating and decorating new living spaces, including moving furniture
We need event planners, licensed drivers, help with our guests.
We help other nonprofits (food banks, community organizations, etc)
We need help putting the final touches on our Volunteer kitchen, so help with putting up walls, installing flooring materials, painting, installing cabinets, etc
We want to build on our vacant lot ( living accomodations, community garden, dining space, and outdoor restroom facilities)
Special projects (We may bring you here for special projects, depending on your skills)
The main part of our program is English instruction/cultural exchange, so we are setting up a formal English/Cultural exchange program, so we need help with paperwork and filings
When you contact us, please let us know what you can offer to the project!
Flexibility is a must because our needs are constantly changing
English, Chinese, Hindi, Italian, Spanish, Portugusese, Russian, Czech, French
Single bed in shared room.
Once a day Community meals at the house, with each volunteer rotating a cooking day and providing the groceries for their day of cooking. You may also dine at the local community kitchen where we volunteer each week, for breakfast, lunch and dinner any day of the week.
Fly into Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), and then take 2 buses to the house for about $3 USD, or Uber for about $30-35 USD.
NOTE: It's best to arrive during the daytime hours, from Monday to Friday if you want to take the buses, as bus service is either nonexistent or slow at night and on the weekend. I recommend you download the UBER or LYFT apps on your phone if you plan to arrive that way.
HOURS: about 15 to 20 hours a week
Depending on the time of year, there is usually an interesting mix of people in our houses a mix of internationals from all over the world. We usually also have native speakers in the house to assist non native speakers with English.
-Dequindre Cut (converted railroad line for biking)
-Belle Isle (Beautiful park on the water, for biking, swimming, fishing and exploring trails)
-Ethnic areas: Mexicantown, Greektown, and Hamtramck
-Midtown-explore the many shops around this cool area
-Museums! Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Historical Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Motown Museum
-Downtown (house is 30 min bike ride/bus ride)
-Eastern Market-Highly renowned open air market. Best place to be on a Saturday morning from May to October
-Heidelberg project (large outdoor art installation)
-University life: houses are close to Wayne State University and a short bus or train ride for a day trip to our premier University, the University of Michigan, which is a lively city with museums, shops and restaurants
-SLOW ROLL: largest group bike ride in the country takes place in Detroit every Monday night in the summer
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
20-25 hours a week, max 5 days a week