The International Fellowship program at the World Forest Institute (WFI) brings forestry and natural resource professionals from around the world to work at WFI for 6 to 12 months. Over 100 Fellows from 35 countries have participated in the program.
Every year families and individuals in the Portland area house our international Fellows. These host families provide another chance to experience life in the U.S. The cultural experiences that hosts provide are often the most cherished experiences of our Fellows.
Hosts provide housing for Fellows during their entire Fellowship (usually 6 months or less). WFI Fellows pay rent for the housing and are responsible for their own meals and cooking.
Host homes must be easily accessible by TriMet. Ideally their commute would be 45 minutes or less from your home to the Oregon Zoo MAX station, which lets them off right in front of the World Forestry Center. WFI Fellows are professionals and generally work a M-F, 9 am to 5 pm schedule with occasional travel.
The host provides:
- A private bedroom with a lock
- Access to shared restroom, kitchen, and laundry
- Internet access
- Storage space in the fridge and kitchen
- Safe and friendly atmosphere
NEW: We will have five new Fellows (male and female) arrive in the months of April and May, 2015. If you have a room you would like to rent that meets the conditions listed above and want to share your home with an international professional, we would love to hear from you!
Please contact the International Fellowship Program Manager, Chandalin Bennett, at or 503-488-2137. The new Fellows start arrving April 1, 2015!
English Language Practice
WFI also utilizes volunteers to practice conversational English with incoming Fellows. Volunteers meet once or twice per week with Fellows to chat, answer questions, and share experiences.
For more information on volunteering with our international Fellows, please contact the Program Manager.