Talking with Aussies

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

This program links international students with volunteers from the community, to help students practise their conversational English. Our volunteers come from a range of ages and backgrounds, and include students, retirees, and working professionals, both in Adelaide and around Australia. Students and volunteers chat one-on-one informally, for one hour each week at a time of their choosing.

Both student volunteers and international student participants can count hours in the program towards the Adelaide Graduate 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, below is 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 20 hours participation in the Talking with Aussies program toward the Adelaide Graduate Award as a 'personal development' activity:

    • 10 hours (i.e. 10 meetings) with your volunteer
    • 10 hours (i.e. 10 sessions) of the weekly conversation group

    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

 

If you're an international student who wants to practise your English conversation skills...

If you are an international student wanting to apply for English conversation practice, please apply below. All current international students of the University of Adelaide are welcome to join Talking with Aussies.

Apply to be matched with a volunteer

For more information, please refer to our student guide.

If you'd like to volunteer to help an international student with their English conversation skills...

Talking with Aussies (TWA) is a volunteer program for conversation, connection, and cultural exchange.

TWA has over 200 community volunteers who regularly have conversations with international students. Volunteers are linked with one or more students, who then arrange to chat with one another at times that suit their individual needs and availability. Our volunteers are from all walks of life, from those who are actively engaged in work or study to retirees.

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* Please note: Unfortunately current international students, and children under 18 years old, cannot be volunteers with the Talking with Aussies program.

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