UM’s English Language Institute Encourages International Friendships

December 11, 2015

MISSOULA – The University of Montana English Language Institute seeks volunteers during spring semester 2016 to share culture, language and friendship with students from around the world for its Community Conversation Partner Program.  

The Community Conversation Partner Program pairs ELI students with Missoula locals and UM students. Participants in this program meet for eight weeks in one-hour sessions and enjoy sports events, game nights, tours and other activities. Applications are available to community members and UM students through Jan. 25.

The program provides volunteers the opportunity to interact with international students from countries such as Japan, Taiwan, China, Saudi Arabia and Korea. Participants can improve their understanding of and communication with other cultures, add global competency to their resume and make lifelong international friends.

“Conversation Partners opened my eyes to a new perspective in global education and left me new with friends from all around the world,” said Zach Lepard, a volunteer in the program.

UM’s ELI has been a part of the Office of International Programs for more than 20 years and serves non-native English speakers by helping them improve language and academic skills.

For more information about the program and to pick up an application, call English Language Institute Program Coordinator Rae Brouwer at 406-243-6141 or email


Contact: Rae Brouwer, English Language Institute program coordinator, 406-243-6141,