English Conversation Partners

” Love foreigners as you love yourselves.” – Leviticus 19:34 NCV

Many International Students (or family members) are waiting to meet with you for conversation, activity, and to become friends. Will you join us?

If you are interested to connect with an IFI student instead, click below to contact us about connecting with one.

Why should I be an English Conversation (ECP) or Friendship Partner (FP)?

  • Two of the biggest felt needs of international students, scholars, and their families are…

1. Help with English Conversation. They need a friend to practice their English with who will be a good listener and patient to answer their questions. (No special training is needed.)

2. Help with their loneliness. They need an individual or family to help them to adapt to the new surroundings and culture and who will invite them to participate in fun activities with them.

By volunteering, you can help meet students’ needs and begin to build relationships that can provide a platform for sharing the gospel. (Listen to this video below to hear one student’s story.)

What are the opportunities to help?

  • IFI provides volunteers like you the opportunity to help in 2 ways…

1. English Conversation Partners:  Meet individually with an international (of the same gender) for conversational English over a drink, meal, or doing an activity together.

2. Friendship Partners: Invite a student to join you or your family for a meal or other activities. Students may not need help with English but need a friend to help them adjust to their new environment.

How can I get more info? (The following documents are for IFI Columbus location, but the information shared is helpful for volunteers)

How do I get started with being an ECP or FP?

  • There is a list of students waiting!
  • If you are not already an IFI volunteer go to:athens.ifipartners.org/get-started to sign up for the free training, complete an application and background check authorization.
  • If you are already a volunteer, please email us at to let him know you want to be matched now!

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