Talking with Aussies

A volunteer program to help international students improve their English conversation skills

This program links international students with volunteers from the local community, to help students practice their conversational English. Our volunteers come from a range of ages and backgrounds, including students, retirees, and working professionals. The students and volunteers in Talking with Aussies meet regularly one-to-one to chat informally, generally for one hour each week.

Both student volunteers and international student participants can count hours in the program towards the Adelaide Graduate Award. (Please note: International student participants can count up to 10 hours total participation towards the award.)

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  • Adelaide Graduate Award information

    If you are planning to count Talking with Aussies participation hours towards the Adelaide Graduate Award, this email contains some important information about eligibility and evidence requirements.

    Please note: you should not request an evidence letter from the Talking with Aussies coordinator. Instead, you will need to provide the evidence listed below when you submit your online activity form for the Award.
     

    International students

    If you are applying as a student recipient of the TWA program, you can count up to 10 hours participation in the Talking with Aussies program toward the Adelaide Graduate Award as a 'personal development' activity.

    You will need to submit both of these documents as evidence:

    • a copy of the email sent to you from the Talking with Aussies program which confirms you were matched with a local TWA volunteer partner (who may be a local student OR a community member)
       
    • a journal listing the dates, start and finish times, and a description of your meetings with your local TWA volunteer partner. The full name of your local TWA volunteer partner must be listed on the journal and they must sign it to confirm that the meetings took place.
       
    Local students

    If you are applying as a volunteer of the TWA program, you can count all hours you spend participating (ie volunteering or attending related meetings, briefings or gatherings) in the Talking with Aussies program toward the Award as a 'volunteering' activity.

    You will need to submit both of these documents as evidence:

    • a copy of the email(s) sent to you from the Talking with Aussies program which confirms you were matched with an international student (or students)
       
    • a journal listing the dates, start and finish times, and a description of your meetings with your international student partner(s). You can also provide a list of any dates and times you were involved in training or other meetings in your role as a volunteer with the Talking with Aussies program. The full name of your international student partner(s) must be listed on the journal and they must sign it to confirm that your meetings with them took place.

     
    We recommend using the journal template provided to record your time spent on the Talking with Aussies program.

    If you use an electronic app or diary you will need to provide a separate statement verifying these hours from your student/volunteer.
     

 
Apply to Talking with Aussies

 

Are you an international student who would like to be linked with a local person?

If you are an international student wanting to apply for English conversation practice, please apply below.

Apply to be matched with a volunteer
For more information, please refer to our student guide.

Are you a local person who would like to be linked with an international student?

For English-speaking volunteers who wish to be matched with an international student, please click the application button below.

Talking with Aussies has about 185 trained community volunteers who meet with international students. Volunteers are linked with one or more students, who then arrange informal meetings to suit their individual needs and time availabilites. Our volunteers are from all walks of life, from those who are actively engaged in work or study but spend some lunchtimes with their students, to retirees with a broader range of time options.

Apply to be matched with a student

For more information, please refer to our volunteer guide, and insurance guide.