Talking with Aussies

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

Many international students would like to keep improving their English in order to feel more confident communicating with Aussies. This program helps you do that. It links individual students with volunteers from the local community. Our volunteers come from a range of ages and backgrounds, including students, retirees, and working professionals. The students and volunteers in the program meet regularly one-to-one to chat informally and help develop the student’s English skills.

The Volunteer Program currently has about 245 trained volunteers who work with international students. Volunteers are linked with one or more students, who then arrange informal meetings to suit their individual needs and time availability. Our volunteers are men and women 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.

You can read more about the program, including stories from volunteers and students, at the talking with Aussies blog.

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:.

Apply to be matched with a student

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