Conversation Partner Program Seeking Campus Volunteers | Nebraska today

All students, staff and faculty are welcome to enroll in the English as a Second Language Conversation Partner Program.

Its primary goal is to connect international students with members of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln community through genuine, friendly conversations and interactions.

This cross-cultural partnership program offers international students an intimate experience of American culture. In return, American volunteers discover another country and another culture and develop intercultural skills. These interactions help foster a global community.

Program objectives:

– Foster positive intercultural relations between new international students and members of the university community.

– Help international students better understand and adapt to American culture.
To provide important social support and extend hospitality to international students during their first adjustments to life in America.

– To offer all students the opportunity to discover new cultures and how to communicate in a diverse society.

– Encourage US students to gain cross-cultural understanding and global perspectives.

– Raise international awareness, promote international education and contribute to the university’s internationalization efforts.

– Giving participating students a place to integrate into the international community, as engaging in extracurricular activities increases student retention rates.

The Conversational Partners program connects international students with native English speaking volunteers, including students, staff and faculty.

Students and volunteers interested in the program apply online to participate in the Conversation Partner Program. Program coordinators match international students with volunteers based on the information potential participants provide in their applications. Coordinators take most education, hobbies, interests and other preferences into account when dividing participants into small groups.

The coordinators will send an e-mail to initiate the contact for each group of partners. Then, participants will be responsible for communicating the details of their meetings for the remainder of the semester. We encourage setting up frequent and regular meeting times based on your availability. Meeting two to four times a month can be helpful in achieving program goals.

Coordinators will send verification emails every two weeks to all program participants to ensure that all participants continue to have a positive experience in the program.

To learn more, visit the English as a Second Language Programs website.

The deadline to register is January 28. More details can be found in the registration form.

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