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Community Outreach

Special Programs for and with the Community

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International Speakers Bureau

The International Speakers Bureau is our community outreach program geared toward facilitating opportunities for our international student population to share their country, culture, and perspective with schools, groups and organizations in our community.

Please send all inquiries with information on organization, date/time of meeting if settled and any details or specifics regarding your group’s needs to or call us at (719) 384-6805.

Friendly Family Program

International Students Community Outreach.The Friendly Family program matches OJC international students with American families in the La Junta and surrounding community to promote intercultural understanding. Participating families and students are asked to commit to a minimum of one interaction per month, which typically includes things like participating in a family meal, game night, birthday or holiday celebration, attending an athletic event to support a family member and other common family activities.

If you are interested in being a part of the Friendly Family program please call us at (719) 384-6805 or email us at or download and submit the Information Letter and the Friendly Family Application.

International Friendly Family Program
The International Friendly Families program helps promote intercultural understanding.
International Friendly Family Program
International students participate with families in a variety of common family activities.

Home for the Holidays Program

Some of the international students studying at OJC have the ability to travel the US or return home for Thanksgiving, Christmas or Spring Breaks. If your family is open to sharing their home with an international student during this time, please reach out to us at or (719) 384-6805 or download and submit the Information Letter and Home for the Holidays Application.

Please send all applications to us at:

International Relations Office
ATTN: Community Programs
1802 Colorado Avenue
La Junta, CO 81050

Email us at or fax us at (719) 384-6952.

Lunch and Learn Series

International Students Lunch and Learn Series.

Lunch and Learn programs are hosted by the IRO and Learning Commons to promote understanding and introduce our community to different destinations across the globe. Each month we highlight one of the global cultures at OJC with a presentation in the Learning Commons during the lunch hour and the audience is welcomed and encouraged to bring their lunch with them. Presentations start at 12:15 pm and run until about 12:50 pm (occasionally they do go over) and are free and open to everyone.

No lunch is served as a part of the program, but the Venom Pit Coffee Shop is generally open for those who want to purchase a tasty treat.

For more information, please contact us at or (719) 384-6805.