Yes. Anyone who is seeking conversational English practice may join the program. Be sure to select the Student button at sign-up.
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.
That’s the idea. Bring an open heart, lots of patience and a desire to connect.
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.
This is an informal program. Feel free to use first names or nicknames.
At least is 2-4 times per month. The best scenario is a standing weekly appointment.
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.
That is entirely up to you and your Conversation Buddy. Choose whichever platform is best for the two of you.
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.
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.
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.