The Conversation Friend Program matches you or your spouse with a volunteer for one-on-one English conversation. The goal is to meet with your volunteer for one hour each week for English conversation and practice. Volunteers are all members of the community; many of them are retirees with valuable life experience that they want to share with you. Students will be matched with conversation friends of their same gender.
This program is available to all international students, scholars, and their spouses.
The Conversation Friend Application is open from September 1 through February 1 every year. Matching will begin in October. When the application is open, you may apply here.
I applied for the Conversation Friend program to seek a native speaker to help me with English. Courtney made me feel like I have a family in Eugene. She has taken me to cafés, parks, and to taste yummy desserts. She also invited me to her home for Thanksgiving dinner.
–Ye Xu, China
They not only gave me language and cultural support, but also help and the consideration for my life. For example, they invited me to their friend’s home for dinner; we went to a concert together; April taught me how to prepare Thanksgiving turkey, and Craig taught me how to change the oil and filter of my car.
–Zeyan Li, China