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! 

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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, October 3rd for Fall 2021. If you miss this date, please click here to email the Student Engagement Coordinator.

  • COVID-19 Update: CACP is now available for both students and volunteers who live outside the greater Corvallis area. You will participate virtually with a student who is studying from their home country or outside Corvallis. 

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 different form. Please click here to sign up as a student. 

Who can volunteer:

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

Length of program:

  • Week 3 – Week 9 of Fall Term (6 weeks total)

Conversant Program - Volunteer Sign-Up

Sign-Up here to Volunteer for Fall 2021:

*Applications are due by midnight on Sunday, October 3rd

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.

Questions?

Please contact us at [email protected]

International Student Orientation

We are very excited to welcome back volunteers for our Fall 2021 Orientation! Orientation begins on Wednesday, September 15th. Please complete the form below to sign up for volunteering during orientation and throughout Fall Term. 

  Fall 2021 Volunteer Opportunity Sign Up