The Conversation Friend Program is a unique opportunity for FFIS volunteers to connect with an international student during the student’s first year in Eugene. A student and a volunteer are matched on the basis of shared interests and meet for one hour a week in a public setting.
This is what a Japanese student wrote about her FFIS Conversation Friend experience:
I am really lucky because you are my conversation friend. We talked about lots of things and you taught me various cultural differences. I really like to go shopping with you. And I can describe the store and shopping differences between here and Japan easily and clearly.
You tried to understand my poor English every time and it was great chance for me to practice English. Recently, some people told me that I improved my English. I know you helped me to improve my English. And I really appreciate that you introduced me to your family and friends. It was really great time to see lots of new people. I really like your family, especially your cute nieces and nephews.
Interested in becoming an FFIS Conversation Friend (if you’re not already)? Read “A Conversation About the Conversation Friend Program” and then contact Conversation Friend Coordinator Craig Biersdorff at FFIS.ConversationFriends@gmail.com or 541-517-7652.