At MLC, we believe that students learn both inside and outside of the classroom. It is our goal to help students excel in their classroom, but also experience American culture to the fullest during their time at MLC. We would like to invite you to partner with us. Learn more about different opportunities below.
Conversation Partner Program
Michigan Language Center welcomes native English speakers to participate in our Conversation Partner Program. The Conversation Partner Program is a volunteer program designed to provide English language practice and a two-way cultural exchange. Our students enjoy exercising their speaking and listening skills and learning more about American culture as they interact with native English speakers.
The primary purpose of the program is for MLC students to gain practice in English conversation with a native English speaking volunteer. Often the volunteer partners are interested in learning the MLC student’s native language. This is perfectly fine if the student is willing to engage in a fair exchange of practicing English and helping the volunteer learn his or her native language.
We will match volunteers with MLC students, and provide the volunteer with the MLC student’s contact information. At that point, the volunteer partner should contact the MLC student(s) to set up an initial meeting. The volunteer and the MLC student should then arrange regular times to meet together. We suggest meeting at least 1 hour/week in a comfortable public setting, like a coffee shop or the library.
If you are native English speaker and interested in volunteering as a conversation partner, please fill out this Conversation Partner Sign-Up Form.
MLC Event Volunteers
We are always looking for community members to partner with us at our school events, both onsite and offsite. Whether it’s helping with an interactive game at our Halloween festivities, or participating in our off-site field trips, serving as an event volunteer is a great opportunity to connect personally with our students, experience cultural exchange, and practice conversational English.
We welcome groups to come and organize activities for our students. Your group can organize and/or host a board game night, a dinner and movie night, a sports afternoon at the weekend, or anything else that may be interesting for our students and you. We are open to your ideas!
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Hillari Vashaw (firstname.lastname@example.org
See our Volunteer Handbook below for more details about volunteer opportunities and resources for volunteers: