MEET OUR Portland STAFF
Andy and Greg with FOCUS at PSU
FOCUS (Friends of Overseas Citizens and University Students) has been serving international students and scholars at Portland State University since 1987. Andy Peloquin and Greg Steward serve with other FOCUS staff and community volunteers.
FOCUS hosts an International Coffee House in downtown Portland just 6 blocks from Portland State University. International students, scholars, and professionals gather with community volunteers for coffee (of course), a light dinner, and conversation.
Interested in English conversation practice? FOCUS can match internationals with community volunteers from area churches to meet once a week for conversational practice and friendship. It is a great way to meet new friends and improve speaking skills.
Airport Pickups and Hosting
Are you a new student coming to Portland? We provide airport pick ups and temporary host families until you move into your dorm or apartment.
Like to travel? Many of our FOCUS volunteers enjoy helping their international friends discover the beauty of Oregon’s coast, mountains (skiing), and forest hiking trails.
Plus much more . . .
Christian fellowship, bible studies for those interested in learning about the bible, service opportunities, shopping for apartment and dorm furnishing, cultural exchange. In the spring, we assist internationals with completing their nonresident tax returns.