farzaan and mezumi in japanEvery term, the Conversation Partner Program offered through the Renison International Office (RIO) pairs English language learners with volunteers to provide a cross-cultural experience through conversation and activities around the city.

As an international student/language learner, you have the opportunity to practice your conversational English outside of the classroom, learn about and explore Canadian culture, and make life-long friends.

As a volunteer, you have the opportunity to learn about various cultures around the world and gain a memorable cross-cultural experience while helping an international student practice their English. Now is your chance to explore the area even more with your partner and have fun while making a new friend! Please note that this program counts towards the cross-cultural volunteer experience (CCVE) for the Global Experience Certificate (GEC).

You are encouraged to go out and explore the city/region/area with each other! Examples include meeting for coffee, going to events, visiting museums, going to the movies, etc. 

We are not currently accepting Conversation Partner applications; please check back in mid-December 2019 for Winter 2020 applications.