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Ann Arbor Blooms Day (Rain or Shine)


Location:  Ann Arbor, Michigan

Date: Saturday, May 16

Time: 8:45 AM to Noon

Release and Waiver Form: Participants are required to read, print, sign and bring the “City of Ann Arbor Volunteer Release and Waiver of Liability” form to the event.

Meeting location and time: The group will meet outside the International Center (Student Activities Building) on Jefferson Street at 8:45 AM to walk over to Liberty Plaza (between East Liberty and South Division). No registration is required.

Description: Ann Arbor Downtown Blooms Day is a great volunteering opportunity where you can help beautify the city and connect with other international students/scholars/families in a meaningful way. We will plant flowers, mulch planters, and help make the downtown areas along State, Main, South University, and Liberty Streets more attractive. Supplies will be provided for planting flowers throughout downtown, although you can bring your gardening gloves and trowel if you have one. Please dress for the weather and bring your own water bottle. Volunteers will receive a free T-shirt and a free pizza lunch after the activities. 

Questions:  contact Jessica Greenfield at


Building Pathways to Your Academic Success CANCELLED

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Date Time Location Room
Fri, Jun 5 2-3:30pm Michigan Union Wolverine (1st floor)

Description: This workshop is designed to help international undergraduate students effectively cope with challenges in academic setting, such as interacting with professors and graduate student instructors (GSI), and adapting to American pedagogical and learning styles. The workshop will include an opportunity for small group discussions of concerns, barriers or difficulties that the workshop participants may have encountered as international undergraduate students. The presenter will address these concerns through formal and informal activities and will provide advice based on her teaching experience.

To register for the workshop, click here

Presenter: Yidi Li is an international student from China. She is a PhD student in Psychology and Women’s Studies at U-M. Yidi has been working as a GSI since 2013 and she currently leads two 2-hour weekly discussion sections of an undergraduate course. She is very committed to teaching, advising and mentoring students.

Dinner at NeoPapalis

Date Time Location
Thu, Jun 25 6pm Meet outside the International Center (Student Activities Building) on Jefferson Street.

Description: Ann Arbor Restaurant Week comes to town twice a year (January and June). It is a local celebration of dining in the community. Restaurant Week is your opportunity to try as many great Ann Arbor restaurants as your schedule allows for one incredibly low fixed price. Come join the group for a fun meal at the restaurant. Please register here if you plan to come.

Cost: During Ann Arbor Restaurant Week, NeoPapalis is running a special menu (dinner 2 for $28 plus tax and gratuity). The restaurant is flexible to split the checks for the group and you can pay with cash or credit card. If you do not want to order from the special menu, you can order something else off its regular menu and you will be responsible for the full-price.

Questions: contact Jessica Greenfield at

Ongoing Opportunities

Community Service at Delonis Shelter

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Volunteers will prepare and serve food at the Delonis Homeless Shelter. This is an opportunity to see a different aspect of American life than what you are exposed to at U-M.

These will take place on the 2nd Thursday of every month all term. There will be two shifts and four or five people are needed for each shift. Shift One is from 2:30 to about 6:00 p.m., and Shift Two is from 4:30 to around 8:00 p.m. Shift One participants will prepare food and Shift Two participants will serve food. Volunteers will meet at the Ecumenical Center and International Residence on Church Street and drive downtown to the Delonis Shelter. Afterwards, we will come back to ECIR for dinner and discussion.

Service Dates: May 14, June 11, July 9, Aug. 13, Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12, and Dec. 10

Registration Deadline: Three business days prior to each service date. If you would like to participate, please contact ECIR's Volunteer Coordinators at In your email, please include:

* Your name

* Shift preference (first or second)

* Your phone number

* Whether you have a car and could help with transportation, including the number of passengers you can accommodate.

This opportunity is co-sponsored by the U-M International Center and the Ecumenical Center and International Residence.

For a map to ECIR, please see

See Shelter Association of Washtenaw County for more information about the Delonis Homeless Shelter.

Coffee Hour

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Description: The Coffee Hours offered in the summer are designed to welcome new international students, scholars and families and introduce them to leisure, cultural and educational activities at U-M and in Ann Arbor. Current students, scholars and families are also welcome to attend. No registration is required.

Date Time Location
Fri, May 22 3:30pm – 4:30pm International Center Conference Room
Fri, Jun 19
Fri, Jul 31
Fri, Aug 14

Questions? contact the International Center at


Last reviewed: 06/15