Academic - Social - Cultural
To help international students gain greater competence in the English language and to promote better understanding of American culture and cross-cultural differences. The ultimate goal is the cultivation of long lasting friendships between people from all over the globe.
The International Student Tutor/Mentor Program (ISTMP) was founded in 1986 to help international students in San Diego County. This program is strictly voluntary and engages the services of generous local San Diegans who are active in the community.
Approximately 90-120 tutors/mentors participate each semester serving about 260 international students a year. Tutors/mentors are community volunteers ranging from retired professionals, business owners to home makers. Other volunteers are active students who are willing to share their experiences and culture with their international peers.