Make Global Connections with a Conversation Partner

How’d you like to make new friends, gain insights into other cultures, and start building your international contacts? All with no studying, no grades, and no pressure? And with the only “cost” being one hour per week of your time?

You can get all this – and much more – with OCC’s Conversation Partner Program. It pairs American students with international students who know English but want to improve their skills. You talk with each other one hour per week about anything you want: school, your families, living in Michigan, differences in your cultures, etc. The list of possible topics is endless.

Ordinarily, you’d meet in person to talk. But in these days of COVID-19, you talk to each other virtually using whatever technology, such as Zoom or WhatsApp, works for both of you. You decide when to meet.

What Students Say

Here are comments from some recent participants in the Conversation Partner Program:

“One of my favorite experiences was just learning about the other person’s language and culture.”

“We laughed a great deal. We laughed at ourselves and at our countries when comparing differences and similarities.”

“We could talk for hours about anything. Learning about her life and sharing about mine was so very rewarding.”

If you meet for at least 10 hours over the course of a semester and document your time, you’ll earn a “Cultural Ambassador” certificate. It will help satisfy one requirement to earn a Global Literacy Endorsement on your transcript.

To learn more, see the Conversation Partner Program Handbook. If you still have questions, contact Sarah Lemelin or Eleonora Bagatelia.