International Houses Worldwide
International Houses Worldwide is an affiliation of International Houses from across the continents, united by one mission:
To provide students of different nationalities and diverse cultures with the opportunity to live and learn together in a community of mutual respect, understanding and international friendship.
The 15 International Houses spread across the world are separate, independent, non-profit making institutions united by one mission. All I Houses provide long and short term accommodation offering great value, a fun and friendly atmosphere and a safe environment.
All I Houses give young people the opportunity to live and learn in a multicultural environment. An ambiance that nurtures understanding, dialogue and friendship enables cultural gaps to be bridged. At every I House worldwide, people with vastly divergent beliefs learn to accept differences in thought and tradition. Here they acquire intercultural skills that enhance their capacity as future leaders in the global community.
The International House movement was founded back in the early 1900s due to the plight of international students, be that inadequate housing or simply loneliness, being highlighted by some chance meetings.
In Philadelphia Dr. Waldo Stevenson (a missionary), began entertaining foreign students in his modest apartment and by 1910, the work had expanded so much that he took the case to the Christian Association, the project grew further and International House Philadelphia was born.
Harry Edmonds decided to investigate the situation of foreign students having bumped into a Chinese student in New York City and with the funding and support of John D. Rockefeller, Jr., the first purpose built International House opened in New York in 1924.
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