Conversation Friend Program

The Conversation Friend Program matches international students, scholars or spouses with a local FFIS volunteer for one-on-one English conversation. Conversation Friends meet for one hour each week for English conversation and practice. Students will be matched with volunteers of the same gender.

Conversation Friend volunteers range in age from college level to retirees, but all share the same desire to help international students, scholars or spouses practice conversational English and make new friends.

The Conversation Friend Application is open from September 1 through February 1 every year.

Volunteer Application – Click Here

Student / Scholar Application – Click Here


Program Coordinators:


June Brooks, 541-914-7735

Craig Biersdorff, 541-517-7652


A Chinese Student Shares Her Thoughts about FFIS’ Conversation Friend Program
A Conversation About the Conversation Friend Program
FFIS Conversation Friends Share Many Wonderful Experiences Together
Japanese Student Visits a Pumpkin Patch with Her FFIS Conversation Friend
Les and Marion Brod Share Their Experience with the FFIS Conversation Friend Program
Susie Trant’s Experience as a Conversation Friend Volunteer
This Chinese PhD Student Appreciates His Conversation Friend
This Japanese Student Really Appreciated Her FFIS Conversation Friend
What a Chinese Student Thinks About Her Conversation Friend