Language Exchange Winter 2019 Application

Language Exchange

What is the Language Exchange?

The Language Exchange is a program that matches volunteers with complementary interests in language and culture. Students volunteering in the Language Exchange meets with their respective Conversation Partners every week to practice each other’s languages and learn about each other’s cultures. The sessions are friendly and informal.

Who can participate in  Language Exchange?

The Language Exchange is open to international and Canadian students who are interested in practicing a language conversationally and/or learning about a different culture. Sometimes, spouses of students, University employees, and members of the community may also volunteer in the program.

Volunteers should be friendly, open to meeting new people, and respectful of differences in culture and communication style. Each volunteer should also commit to meeting with his/her Conversation Partner for 2 hours per week, for a period of 11 consecutive weeks (i.e., one academic term), and providing the International Centre with feedback throughout the term.

What languages can I practice?

Many students who volunteer in the Language Exchange wish to practice conversational English, but some volunteers are looking to learn other languages (like French, Korean, or Persian). Other volunteers may be more interested in learning about a country’s culture or history (like Chinese civilization, or Russian literature).

How does the program work?

Conversation Partners are matched according to their interests in language and culture. For example, a volunteer who is fluent in English and wants to learn Spanish may be matched with a volunteer who speaks Spanish fluently and wants to practice conversational English.

The main goal of Language Exchange is to encourage two-way intercultural learning in a fun, informal, conversational setting.

The program is not meant to work like a formal language class or a tutoring service.

Why should I volunteer in the Language Exchange?

There are many potential benefits to being a Conversation Partner in the Language Exchange!

  • learning a new language, or improving your command of a language you already speak;
  • sharing your language and culture with a fellow student;
  • meeting new people and making new friends;
  • preparing for a trip abroad;
  • practicing communicating cross-culturally;
  • adding this volunteer opportunity to your resume!

A conversation partner may also be eligible to receive an IC Letter of Volunteer Recognition, provided he/she attended a Language Exchange Orientation session at the beginning of the academic term, volunteered in the Language Exchange for 11 consecutive weeks (meeting with his/her partner for a total of 20 hours or more), and responded promptly to IC requests for feedback throughout the term.

 How can I get more information?

For more information about the Language Exchange, please contact .

How can I apply to become a volunteer Conversation Partner in the Language Exchange?

Please fill out the application form on the next page and submit it, by the appropriate deadline.

To volunteer during the Winter 2019 term, please submit your application by 4:30 pm (CST) on Friday, January 25th, 2018

If you are selected as a volunteer, IC will contact you with an invitation to attend a brief Language Exchange Orientation Session.

Once you have attended a session, IC will make every effort to match you with a Conversation Partner. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that every applicant will be matched successfully.

Instructions: Please read the questions below carefully and answer them fully. 
Thank you for applying to volunteer with the International Centre!

What is your First Name
What is your Last Name 

My U of M student number is (If you are not a student, please explain your connection to the University of Manitoba):

I am a student in the Faculty of (example: Faculty of Arts)

I am studying (example: Sociology)

I am currently in the ______ year of my __________________ degree (example: 2nd year of B.A. degree)

My contact information is:
Cell Phone: 
Home/Work Phone: 
U of M Student E-mail Address: 

IC will only use your U of M student email account when communicating by email, so please check this inbox often.

I have been in Canada since (example: September 2012)

I can teach my conversation partner these languages in order of priority. (the list represent the most common languages in the program) 
If you can teach another language that is not listed below please answer the next question.

In addition to the languages listed above, I can also teach the following languages.

I am interested in learning/practice the following languages in order of priority:
If you want to learn/practice another language that is not listed below please answer the next question.

In addition to the options above, I am also interested to learn the following languages:
I am also interested to find out the differences between my partner country and mine regarding the following topics:

My goals for volunteering in Language Exchange are:

I think I will be a great Conversation Partner because:

IC can call these two people and ask for references about me:
Name: ___________________________________
Phone: ___________________________________
Name: ___________________________________
Phone: ___________________________________
Your references should not be family members, but they should be people who know you well.

*if you are new to Canada, you may leave this section blank* 


This personal information is being collected under the authority of The University of Manitoba Act. It will be used to contact you about orientation sessions, to match you with a volunteer Conversation Partner, and to ask for your feedback through evaluation surveys. It will not be used or disclosed for other purposes, unless permitted by The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). If you have any questions about the collection of your personal information, contact the Access and Privacy Office (tel. 204-474-9462), 233 Elizabeth Dafoe Library, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg MB, R3T 2N2.