English language skills are the foundation for a successful life in Kitchener-Waterloo.
We match volunteers with newcomers to Canada who want to improve their conversational English skills for everyday living.
Volunteers and newcomers meet for one to two hours every week for about six months in public places like coffee shops, community centres and libraries. Participants can choose to talk about anything at all - life in Canada, family, education, sports or even the weather.
Our volunteers come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Newcomers can ask questions about living and working in Canada or what to talk about when meeting a child’s teacher, attending a social or community event, or speaking with colleagues at break time, etc.
We provide training and resources to support our volunteers throughout the program.
This program provides a level of anonymity and personal support in building confidence in your English conversational skills.
Only Permanent Residents, Refugee Claimants, Convention Refugees and Protected Persons, Live in Caregivers, and people who have become Canadian Citizens within the last three years are eligible for this program. Unfortunately, due to funding restrictions we are unable to serve Work Permit, Study Permit, and Visitor Visa holders.