Do you want to become involved in an international community?
Would you like to practice your foreign language skills or develop cross-cultural experience?
Volunteer with the Language Exchange Program!
The UW International and English Language Programs (UW IELP) is a program which provides English language instruction to international students from a variety of nations/across the globe! We work hard to connect our students with the UW community and others in the greater Seattle area.
We offer 3 great volunteer opportunities to develop global citizenship, improve language skills, and connect people!
We match IELP students with students, faculty, staff, and alumni of UW to participate in a language exchange. A pair can either spend half the time speaking in English and the other in a language of their choice, or speak the whole time in English – what we call a “cultural exchange”. The majority of our students speak Arabic, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese. We also have many participants who are not learning another language but wish to gain insight into a different culture and meet others.
This is an excellent opportunity to make new friends, learn, practice another language, and share culture.
These volunteers attend an IELP class once a week to assist teachers by providing conversation practice. This is a great opportunity to familiarize oneself with teaching English as a second language and classroom learning.
Activities and Events
All volunteers will be regularly invited to attend activities and events (such as ice-skating, a tour at the Ballard Locks, or bowling at the HUB) throughout the quarter.If you are interested in this opportunity, please sign up online at https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/langex/279133