English Conversation Group Volunteers

COVID-19 SERVICE NOTICE: Masks must be worn at all times while volunteering.

Each year, Nova Scotia welcomes thousands of newcomers to the province. Getting started in a new place is big job, especially if English isn't your first language!

By volunteering just a few hours a week, you can help people practice their English conversation skills, make new connections, and learn about life in Nova Scotia.

What you'll be doing

Once a week for 2 hours, you'll participate in a group discussion with adults who are learning English as a second language. Together, you'll discuss current events and topics of personal interest in a fun and relaxing atmosphere—a great chance to introduce newcomers to our community, make new friends, and learn about culture. All our conversation groups are facilitated by experienced volunteers.

Learn more about our English Conversation Groups.

About you

  • You have great interpersonal and communication skills
  • You're knowledgeable about local culture and life
  • You have experience in ESL, group facilitation, or tutoring
  • You can commit to volunteer for 3 months

You'll benefit from:

  • Building a sense of belonging for immigrants and newcomers
  • Gaining valuable skills and experience
  • Learning about new cultures and customs
  • Having a fun and rewarding time

Sessions for 2021-22

Available positions fluctuate throughout the year. Print your 2021-22 Weekly Schedule.

Virtual Sessions

Zoom Meetings
Mondays, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
For intermediate and advanced levels

Tuesdays, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
For all levels

Tuesdays, 1:00 - 2:30 PM
For intermediate and advanced levels

Thursdays, 10:00 - 11:30 AM
For intermediate and advanced levels

Thursdays, 3:30 - 5:00 PM
For intermediate and advanced levels

In-person Sessions 

To keep everyone safe through social distancing, we encourage you to register for online sessions. Our in-person spots are reserved for newcomers without access to internet or technology.​

Central Library
Fridays, 10:00 - 11:30 AM
For beginners

Keshen Goodman Public Library
Wednesdays, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
For women only at intermediate and advanced levels

Woodlawn Public Library
Tuesdays, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
For all levels


Volunteer Now!

SUMMER NOTICE: The Conversation Group programs are taking a break over the summer months. We will be accepting applications for the fall programs at the end of August.

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