Volunteer at International House Ann Arbor

IHAA welcomes those who want to be involved in and support international community building. If you are looking for an opportunity to be of service and enjoy meeting people from around the world, join us!

Volunteer at IHAA
  • Event Staffing: IHAA hosts upwards of 70 events per year and we are in need of volunteers to help staff these events. Events range from large community meals to lectures to holiday celebrations from around the world.

  • Event Planning: Help IHAA plan and coordinate our larger events (Thanksgiving dinner, Diwali, International Picnic, etc.).

  • Event Facilitation: Do you have knowledge or skills that you would like to share with the IHAA community? We welcome event proposals from our IHAA volunteers.

  • Driving: IHAA offers weekly grocery store trips for our residents that require volunteer drivers, along with occasional other needs related to residential outings.

  • Photography: IHAA is always in need of volunteers with photography skills at some of our larger events and of the building/apartments for marketing purposes.

  • Marketing: Interested in creating event flyers, helping get the word out about our upcoming events, or working on newsletters?

Maham Khan

“I am a General Practitioner by profession, currently pursuing post-graduate training as an Internist. I joined IHAA as a community volunteer. As a third culture kid, I felt that I would have much to contribute as a part of this organization. I love every part of the work I do! I help to schedule and organize volunteer drivers who take residents on weekly grocery trips. As a member of the Program Committee and GEU task force, I help to brainstorm ideas, plan and execute events.
In my role as a volunteer, I have been able to meet many people from different professions, age groups, countries, and religions. My experience has not only been very rewarding but has also given me the opportunity to grow as an individual and reflect on what I have in common with others. The only regrets I have are not joining this fabulous organization sooner!”

Lorie Friedman

Lorie is backup coordinator for the ESL program and recently became certified as an ESL tutor. She has been known to help make hot chocolate for the participants of the ESL program at I-House Ann Arbor. Lorie also provides grocery shopping transportation to residents. She always brings her warmth and inquisitiveness to GEU programs and events at IHAA and is happy to be of service. She is a retired nurse practitioner, a mother, avid biker, hiker, dog lover, and do-gooder.

Jane Poelman

I desire to learn from and serve people from different countries, religions, and cultures. I want to be a part of warmly welcoming, including, and assisting international students as much as I can. I feel a “niche” with international students — meaning, it’s easy for me to understand them and ask the right questions to make them feel known and appreciated.