TalkFest is online in Spring 2020! Click on Zoom links below and register to attend the events:
|23 October 2:30pm -4:00pm||https://utsmeet.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAudemoqD0iEtQlgsqBBKpofWmHGVoej95R|
Looking for other speaking practice opportunities? Join the Buddy Program and Conversations@UTS sessions.
UTS HELPS Online Speaking Programs
TalkFest is a free, fun-filled event that connects students and volunteers from all backgrounds and faculties across UTS, promoting cultural exchange and community.
If you are currently in the UTS HELPS Buddy Program, TalkFest is also a chance to meet other participants! If you are currently unmatched, come along to the event to find a buddy.
Hey I’m Gav. I’m doing a Bachelor of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering.
This is also my first time doing Talkfest. I just kinda came and then really enjoyed it and said ‘Can I volunteer’ and they said ‘Yeah’.
You just need to be an open person. You know, have fun talking to people.
Just relax a little bit as well, you don't need to be like super good at English or anything like that.
For me I enjoy first of all meeting new people and learning more about the world.
What other students have to deal with and the way they study.
I’ve made quite a few friends. It's good to see people weekly and say ‘Oh hey, yeah. How you doing?’, ‘How's your week been?’
I feel a bit more integrated in the uni as well. You get to spend more time with actual people instead of just going home and studying on your own.
Seeing cross cultural boundaries being broken as well is one way to talk to people.
I’ve learnt to be more of an approachable person, in more ways than one.
Instead of just catering to like a local type student, you know being more approachable to other cultures and seeming less scary I guess, smiling a bit more.
But also seeing people smile at the end of the day and knowing that you might have contributed to that smile really you know, warms your heart a bit.
To become a Talkfest volunteer go to the HELPS webpage and follow the links to complete an application.
For International Students
TalkFest is an opportunity to practice your English conversation skills and make friends in a friendly, safe setting. With the chance to meet international and local students from a range of faculties and study levels, you will gain confidence in your language skills and become a part of the diverse community at UTS.
Want to attend? Check the announcements at the top of this web page.
Enjoyed TalkFest and want an opportunity for 1 to 1, conversation practice? Join the UTS HELPS Buddy Program.
Want to practice your English with more people? Come to Conversations@UTS.
For Local Students
Volunteering at TalkFest as a local student can be a unique and rewarding experience. Meeting students from across the globe opens up opportunities to learn about other cultures, engage in language exchange, and deepen your understanding of diversity in Australia.
Studying alone in a new country can be daunting. As a local student, your support will help develop the confidence of your international peers. While assisting other students, attending TalkFest will also develop your interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence. Broaden your mind and gain valuable insights into another culture!
Interested in volunteering? Register here [link disabled until 31st July]
Enjoyed TalkFest and want similar opportunities to volunteer? See HELPS U:Connect programs for more information.
- "1. Loved the environment 2. Loved the games 3. Loved Chloe’s energy!" - TalkFest volunteer
- "It is a fantastic program! I loved being a part of it. UTS HELPS has been my favourite program at university." - International student
- “Wonderful event.” – International student
- "It is a very unique platform, to put yourself out and just talk. It builds one's confidence in just communicating and being yourself." - International student, Autumn 2019