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Be a buddy
Help others learn your language and be part of something big.
4-10 participants per language group.
12 90-minute sessions.
No experience required.
Ready-to-use materials.
Build inclusive communities.
Share your language & culture.
No previous experience required, all you need is the passion to help others, and fluency in the language(s) you want to share with participants.
Create social impact.
Your group may include migrants, refugees, and other communities who want to feel at home in their new cities and countries.
Meet diverse people.
Expand your social circle and help your group build meaningful relationships that go well beyond language exchange. 
An interactive, immersive experience.
Prepare yourself with our self-service training.
Learn everything you need to know to be an amazing buddy with our quick online training.
Receive compliments from participants.
See the love your participants send you and access all your compliments on your buddy profile.
Get support from the SPEAK team.
We've got your back! You’ll have access to guides and materials for buddies, which include ready-to-use activities, tips, and suggestions for each session.
Your group, your schedule.
Lead in-person groups in your city or online groups for SPEAKers around the world.
• Lead language groups at our partner locations or your favourite spots in the city.
• Meet people in your city and enjoy new experiences with them.
• You will have a co-buddy to lead the sessions with, so you will be able to support, motivate and complement each other.
• Lead language groups for people across the world who want to learn your language.
• Access your language groups though a unique Skype link that we will set up for your group.
• Online groups are led by 1 buddy -- you’ve got this!
Our community loves their buddies.
What SPEAKers are saying.
I got so much out of my SPEAK experience. I was on a small group and each session felt so personal, the other participants felt more like family by the end of our sessions. SPEAK sessions are definitely the most relaxed, helpful way to improve my language proficiency.
SPEAK for me it's like travelling without leaving Portugal. I share my culture and I learn from other people's culture. That helps me understand how other people live and how they think too.
My experience at SPEAK keeps growing since the beginning. I started helping others learn Arabic with my husband, and I also learned Portuguese along the way. Over this 6 years, I have met many of people and learned a lot about new cultures. And that's SPEAK's spirit: to bring the world closer to you.
Your questions answered.
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