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“It takes a village to raise a child” – The origin of this phrase is unknown. Some say it is an African proverb with the basic meaning that it takes more than just a child’s parents to raise a child. Everyone in the village or community is responsible to make sure that a child learns proper values and understands right from wrong.

The Office of International Affairs developed VILLAGE, which stands for Valuable Insight, Life Lessons and General Exchanges, to apply those same principles for students who seek guidance.

You have your friends for relationship advice. If you’re feeling sad or emotionally distraught, you have campus professionals at the Office of Student Life’s Counseling and Consultations Services available to help. But what about everything else?

  • What to buy for dorm rooms or kitchens once off campus
  • How to get stains out
  • Best shops for international items
  • Budget-friendly advice

You can email VILLAGE for support! Your email will be answered with the best response within 24 hours, Monday - Friday.


This service should not replace the need to seek professional advice for very serious matters, but we definitely want to hear from you about other things and would like to help during your time at The Ohio State University. If you think you have a medical emergency, call your doctor, go to the emergency department or call 9-1-1 immediately.