INTO OSU Conversant Program

The INTO OSU Conversant Program provides an opportunity for volunteers to help international students practice English conversation. It is a great way to connect to your international student peers, make new friends, and learn about other cultures! Spend one hour per week with your conversation partner, playing a game, cooking a meal, exploring campus or downtown Corvallis, or simply chatting over coffee. The program lasts one academic term and is an immensely rewarding experience for everyone involved.

We welcome volunteers during Fall, Winter, and Spring Terms! Applications for Fall 2020 are due by midnight on Sunday, September 27th.

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Volunteer to engage with your international student peers!

Help them learn about life at OSU and your culture while you learn about theirs. The INTO OSU Cultural Ambassador Conversant Program (CACP) matches our Cultural Ambassador Conversant Volunteers with one or two international students for the term.

Volunteers meet with their partner(s) for at least one hour a week, and where they meet, what they talk about, and what activities they do is up to them! CACP provides some suggested activities and conversation topics week-by-week based on a theme and community events happening, but these are optional.

This is a great way to internationalize your education at OSU and gain cultural diversity experience here on campus. Cultural Ambassador groups aim to explore our campus and participate in meaningful conversations that help international students practice their English skills and feel a greater sense of connection with the OSU and Corvallis community.

  • This program is a 1-term, 7-week commitment for 1 hour a week
  • Structured, flexible, fun
  • Make new, life-long connections with people from around the globe
  • Available for course credit from the Honors College

Application Information

Applications due by midnight on Sunday, September 27th for Fall 2020. Late applications may be accepted depending on the need for volunteers.

COVID-19 Update: CACP is now available for both students and volunteers who live outside the greater Corvallis area.

Want to be notified when the application for volunteering opens? Be the first to find out by signing up for our INTO OSU Volunteer Email Listserv.

If you are an INTO OSU or international student who is learning English and want to participate in the program, DO NOT use this application! Sign-ups are through a separate form, and you can check in with the Welcome Desk about it. Contact intoosu@oregonstate.edu for more information.

Who can volunteer:

  • Oregon State University students, staff, faculty, and community
  • Corvallis community members

Length of program:

  • Week 2 – Week 8 of each term (7 weeks total)

Conversant Program - Volunteer Sign-Up

Sign-Up here to Volunteer for Fall 2020:

*Applications are due by midnight on Sunday, September 27th

International Student Orientation

For further questions and information, please contact intoosu@oregonstate.edu 

About

We are oftentimes looking for volunteers to help us at our upcoming International Student Orientation.  This is a great opportunity to meet people from all over the world, practice your intercultural communication, and gain valuable leadership skills and experience. Depending on need, there will be a half-day Volunteer Training session for new volunteers in the days leading up to Orientation.

Orientation & COVID-19

Due to the current circumstances of primarily remote operations, we are not in need of volunteers for Fall 2020 Orientation at INTO OSU. As operations change, we will update this page regarding Volunteer information for Winter 2021 Orientation.