Volunteer Language Buddies

Language Buddies

The Language Buddies program matches English-speaking volunteers from the community with newcomers who want to improve their English and gain more confidence.

Primary Responsibilities

Arrange meeting times
Guided conversations – assist newcomers as they work on daily conversation skills, pronunciation, and new vocabulary

Time Commitment

Meeting times and locations are flexible, depending on volunteer and newcomer availability
One or two conversation meetings per week
One to two hours per meeting
Minimum three month session

Orientation, Training, and Support

Volunteer orientation sessions will include program information and address tutoring techniques, learning styles, learning activities, culture shock, etc.
Tutor tool kits include materials, resources, and learning activities


A valid and current Criminal Record Check and a Child Abuse Registry form must be submitted prior to engaging with newcomers
If English is not your first language, CLB 6 or higher is required
Keep private client information confidential

Volunteer Application

If you’d like to discuss your interests and our volunteer opportunities further, or if you’re ready to receive and complete a volunteer application, please fill out the form below. Thank you!