Conversation Friend

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.

Community Volunteer Application
Student, Scholar or Spouse Application

Program Coordinators:
June Brooks, 541-914-7735
Craig Biersdorff, 541-517-7652

Weston and Akari Dancing

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

Maria from Finland and June Brooks

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