For many years Briarwood Church has participated in the UAB International Friendship Partner program, which has proven to be very rewarding for both parties. Briarwood members are recruited to befriend university students from around the world. Some students are here for a semester or year. Most are here four or five years while they complete their degrees. The students are offered an opportunity to meet American families and singles in American homes or other off-campus settings. The Friendship Partner program is an excellent opportunity for cultural exchange and friendship. Both the students and the Briarwood members complete applications and are matched in late August. The students and Briarwood members then meet once a month as schedules permit, and stay in touch by phone or email. They may share holidays, birthdays, visits to each other’s homes, sports, shopping, hobbies, personal interests or attend local events and activities. Each partnership is unique, just like the people involved. Expect to grow in both your knowledge of world culture and in your own spiritual awareness. Contact The B.I.O. Office for additional information.