FAQ

 

Can I join as a ‘student’ even if I’m not currently enrolled at a U.S. college, university, or language program?

Yes. Anyone who is seeking conversational English practice may join the program. Be sure to select the Student button at sign-up.

 

Can I join as a ‘volunteer’ even if I’m not an English teacher/professor or not a native English speaker?

Yes. Any confident English speaker seeking to support an emerging English learner to gain conversational confidence may join the program. Be sure to select the Volunteer button at sign-up.

 

Will my Conversation Buddy be easy to talk to?

That’s the idea. Bring an open heart, lots of patience and a desire to connect.

 

How long will it take before I’m matched with a Conversation Buddy?

We can’t provide an exact time estimate because it’s a function of how many people sign up. During the beta period, we anticipate it’ll take approximately 2-4 weeks.

 

How should I address my Conversation Buddy?

This is an informal program. Feel free to use first names or nicknames.

 

How often should we schedule our Meetups?

At least is 2-4 times per month. The best scenario is a standing weekly appointment.

 

How much does the program cost?

The program is FREE for all participants.
Keep in mind that Conversation Buddies is a matching platform, not a video-conferencing platform. Any costs you incur for subscription-based video conferencing services is your responsibility. Thankfully there are plenty of free options.

 

What video-conferencing platform should we use?

That is entirely up to you and your Conversation Buddy. Choose whichever platform is best for the two of you.

 

Is it ok to use Conversation Buddies Messages (or another text-based chat app) instead of video conferencing?

Yes. If starting off with text-based conversations is more comfortable for you then suggest it to your Conversation Buddy. After a few weeks, try moving to video conference.

 

What do I do if my assigned Conversation Buddy doesn’t feel like a good match?

We want this to be an enriching experience for everyone. Don’t hesitate to reach out and we’ll do our best to match you with a new partner.

 

How will my profile data be used?

Profile data is used for matching purposes only. Your individual Conversation Buddies profile data is kept 100% confidential. We share your first name, nickname, time-zone and topic interests with your Conversation Buddy (and vice-versa). No other information is shared with your Conversation Buddy.

 

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