By having a friendship partner, you can have a deeper cultural experience with a native English speaker while you are in the United States. You will be matched with an individual in the Gainesville area with whom you can visit, enjoy an occasional meal, celebrate holidays, participate in community events, or just relax in conversation. This is an opportunity for you to experience American life in a non-university setting and to learn firsthand about the culture of the United States.
An English conversation partner is similar to a friendship partner but is more focused on helping you learn English through conversation with a native English speaker.
Note: These programs are available to university students in the Gainesville, Florida area only. We do not currently offer online partnerships.