About Us

Athens, Georgia, is full of citizens who love the nations. Our city is also full of international students from nations around the world. More than 2,500 international students from over 125 different nations make Athens, Georgia, their temporary home each year while studying at local colleges and universities.

REACH International Athens exists to bring these two groups together for the purpose of friendship, cultural exchange, and greater understanding of our common hopes and dreams.  We  envision a city where people love their neighbors as themselves and realize those neighbors are from everywhere! This vision for community-wide involvement enables volunteers from numerous area churches and organizations to welcome international students into their circles of influence with family and friends, thereby expanding everyone’s opportunity for cross-cultural enjoyment!

REACH International provides an opportunity for students to take a much-needed break from their busy schedules and experience community with local families and individuals who are eager to meet them, to help them feel more at home in Athens, and to explore various aspects of cross-cultural exchange together.  We focus on the unique needs of international students as well as celebrate the special gifts they bring to our community.

As a Christian organization, REACH International Athens advocates purity of motives, clarity in purpose, and honesty in intention. We adhere to the Association of Christians Ministering to Internationals’ code of ethics for community organizations.  All  of our activities are open to international students, visiting scholars, and family members regardless of race, nationality, or religious preferences.