A Home for the Holidays

During school breaks, many international and out-of-state students are unable to travel to their home. In order to build a stronger Georgia Tech community, the Student Government Association facilitates a program called Home for the Holidays, where families living in the state of Georgia have the opportunity to volunteer to host a student at their home for a Thanksgiving meal. Every year, host families and students come together in the spirit of Thanksgiving and enjoy the holiday with their fellow Yellow Jackets.

If you would like to host a student, or you would like to be hosted for Thanksgiving, please click here.

The deadline has been extended. Please apply by November 22nd. For questions, email Undergraduate SGA’s Chief of Staff, Alice Francis, at acfrancis@gatech.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I be notified of my host or student(s) assignment?

The first round of pairings were distributed on Sunday, November 17th. The second round of pairings will be distributed on Friday, November 22nd.

How will students get to and from Thanksgiving dinner?

Students will not be staying with hosts overnight this year.  As the host, it will be your responsibility to provide transportation to and from GT’s campus on Thanksgiving Day for the student(s) you are assigned to.

What is Thanksgiving?  What should I expect?

Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrated in America every year on the fourth Thursday in November.  Many people use it as a day to reflect on the positive things in life and spend time with their families.  Nearly everyone gets one or two days off school or work, and it marks the beginning of the Christmas holiday season.

Thanksgiving dinner is traditionally a large meal eaten in the afternoon, consisting of turkey, stuffing, potatoes, gravy, veggies, cranberry sauce, and a pie or cake for dessert.

Here is some additional information about the history of Thanksgiving: https://www.history.com/topics/thanksgiving/history-of-thanksgiving