Volunteer with OISS

International Student Orientation

Prior to the beginning of each semester, new students from all over the world are warmly welcomed by the OISS staff and volunteers at the New International Student Orientation. The Orientation offers informative sessions as well as fun social activities. OISS seeks friendly and enthusiastic Lehigh students (both domestic and international students are welcome) to help with a variety of events during the Orientation such as check-in, set up/clean up, picnic (fall only), game night, and student panel, etc.

If you are interested in helping the new students with their transition to Lehigh and making new international friends, please contact Jen Topp at jet211@lehigh.edu.

International Bazaar

The International Bazaar started in 1988 when a small group of international students at Lehigh University got together in Maginnes Hall to celebrate their culture through music and dance. Over the years, the Bazaar has evolved to become the largest non-Greek event on Lehigh campus. Organized by the Office of International Students & Scholars, this four-hour event (takes place in April annually) provides an opportunity for the international as well as the domestic students to showcase their culture and heritage. It allows people from different backgrounds to learn from each other and exchange experiences together.

The Bazaar gives the audience a glimpse of the dance performances, music, and arts and crafts from all around the world. One’s taste buds will also appreciate the traditional ethnic foods prepared by the international students at Lehigh. Highlights of the day will also include a fashion show featuring the beautiful costumes from countries around the world.

The International Bazaar Planning Committee is consisted of four sub-committees.

  • Entertainment Committee (EC) - is in charge of searching and organizing talented student groups at Lehigh that would like to perform (dance, musical instruments, martial arts, etc.) at the Bazaar, recruiting student models from various countries represented at Lehigh and organizing the flow of the show. The EC is also responsible for finding a master of ceremonies for the show as well as a guest speaker who will briefly address the crowd before the show.
  • Food Committee (FC) - is in charge of collecting food ingredients information from the participating clubs for the Bethlehem Health Bureau; organizing and conducting food safety workshops; distributing chafing dishes; overlooking the Bazaar site to make sure all groups are complying with the food regulations required by the Health Bureau.
  • Publicity Committee (PC) - is in charge of all the advertising of the event including creating and posting flyers, posters, and emails; designing the Bazaar logo; and fundraising for the event.

If you would like to participate in the Bazaar (as a performer, volunteer, etc), please contact Jen Topp at jet211@lehigh.edu. Follow us on Facebook!