HELPS Buddy program
The HELPS Buddy Program is currently online until it is safe for you to return to campus in line with the current UTS recommendations. See here for more information. After you sign up to the Buddy Program, you will receive a welcome email with more information. If you still have questions, please email us at email@example.com
Tim: So my name’s Tim. I’m studying Biomedical Science. I joined the Buddy Program so I can feel like I was traveling while I was still in Sydney.
Tim: I get to meet people from different cultures, learn about their way of life, how to say hello in various languages.
Tim: We really just talk about anything. I just meet with Joy, we chat about our week.
Joy: So my name is Joy and I joined the Buddy Program because I feel that one, it's really good for me when I want to study something about Australian culture.
Tim: Occasionally we sort of exchange some cultural things.
Tim: Well she taught me about a Vietnamese nursery rhyme. It has some interesting origins and sometimes I teach her some Australian idioms which she might not have heard before.
Joy: Meeting a volunteer give me like some time to relax myself.
Tim: So if you are thinking of volunteering you definitely should.
Tim: It’s a great way to come out and help some people but you actually get a lot out of it yourself.
Tim: I’ve managed to steal some travel plans off people, meet some awesome people like Joy and just learn about a lot of different cultures. So definitely give it a shot!
- Would you like to practise your English 1 to 1 with a more confident speaker?
- Do you want to feel more confident when you speak?
- Would you like to learn more about Australian culture?
- Would you like to share your culture and language with a local student?
Our HELPS buddy program matches international students with students, staff and local community volunteers. Sometimes they exchange languages; sometimes they get together once a week and speak English. It’s a great way to improve your listening, conversation and pronunciation skills in an informal, Australian way!
Join the program
Sign-up for the HELPS Buddy Program here. Make sure to read through our Student Buddy Guide before signing up! (the guide talks about meeting at UTS, but don't forget during Covid 19 restrictions you are now meeting your buddy online! The guide has lots of other important information about finding a buddy and meeting with your buddy).
Curious about how find a volunteer buddy on the GRID platform? Watch this short video.
If you would like to volunteer with this program, please visit the HELPS Volunteers section.
What past students have said about the program
‘It was more like if we meet a friend.’
‘We exchanged a lot of our culture’
‘I want to make sure I’m with the culture and doing it normally’
‘In the course I do assignments and sometimes presentations but not much day to day talking’
‘The good part of this program is no stress’
‘Before I came I worried about what I would talk about but once I started talking my worry disappeared.’