The HELPS Buddy Program is going online via Zoom! After you sign up to the Buddy Program, you will receive a welcome email with more information. If you still have questions, please don't hesitate to email us at email@example.com
- 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.’