The Language and Culture Institute is seeking volunteers to serve as English conversation partners with students from Saudi Arabia. Volunteers will help the students build confidence in conversational English and support their adjustment to life in the U.S.

These students, part of the Neom Scholarship Program, are studying in Blacksburg until December; after that, they will go on to study tourism, hospitality, or archaeology at Virginia Tech and other universities across the U.S.

The conversation partners program is open to everyone — faculty, staff, students, and local community members. The time commitment is as little as an hour a week, and no foreign language experience is required.

The program gives international students a chance to practice language skills in a relaxed, friendly setting, and also breaks down social and cultural barriers, allowing both partners to learn about new cultures, share worldviews, and in many cases, build lasting friendships.

The Language and Culture Institute is also looking for host families and/or homestay options for some of the students.

If you are interested in being a conversation partner or hosting one of the students in your home, please contact Wafa Al-Daily, associate director for global initiatives, at waldaily@vt.edu or 540-231-4957.