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Conversation Partners for International Students at ESL School

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HOFT Institute

  • 184 people are interested

Are you looking for a way to help the community? Would you like to help an English learner or refugee improve their speaking skills? Do you have a desire to teach English but little or no practical teaching experience? Are you interested in learning to teach, or in building up your resume to find teaching work abroad later?

Our conversation partner program for adult ESL learners has been closed for a while due to COVID, but will restart for the spring semester and volunteers who are vaccinated and wear masks can meet students from 2-3:15 Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

You can sign up to meet with students once a week, or as many times as is convenient for you! We request a minimum of 4 hours volunteering, but you can join and leave the program at your convenience.

How It Works

  1. Contact and send an introductory email to get started. Let us know if you speak other languages, have international experience, or have been trained as a teacher.
  2. Meet with the academic director of the institute for a short (5-10 minute) interview.
  3. Meet students and help them practice their language skills!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How many hours do I need to volunteer?
A. You can create your own schedule, and a flexible contract will be signed with the times you expect to be available. We have a minimum of a 4 hour commitment, but you can do more if you like.

Q. Will I receive any certificate or recognition for the time I put in?
A. Yes! After completing the volunteer hours you agreed to, HOFT Institute will provide personalized certificates of appreciation, noting the hours you put in, and signed by the Vice President.

Q. Are the students children or adults?
A. Our students are adults, from 18 to 60 years of age, from about 35 different nationalities.

More opportunities with HOFT Institute

No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.

About HOFT Institute


2400 Pearl Street, Austin, TX 78705, US

Mission Statement

At HOFT, we bring our 35 years of education experience into the classroom to help students from around the world believe, achieve, and prosper.


HOFT Institute provides full-time intensive English programs for F-1 visa students. We are authorized to issue I-20s, the first step in new F-1 visa student applications. HOFT is also an authorized TOEFL testing center. We offer private tutoring and part time English programs as well.

At HOFT, students are like family! We believe that a warm, inviting environment is important for our international students.

We serve the local refugee community as well through partnerships.

We value your time and efforts at HOFT, and we look forward to having you as a volunteer!

Education & Literacy
Immigrants & Refugees


Mon Jan 10, 2022 - Sun Apr 10, 2022
02:15 PM - 03:15 PM


2400 Pearl StreetAustinAustin, TX 78705


  • Literacy / Reading
  • Adult Education
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • General Education




  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 4 hours minimum
  • These are assets, but not required: TEFL certificate, knowledge of other languages and cultures, teaching experience, or past teacher training studies

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