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Become an ELI Partner

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Pen pals are a wonderful way to make new friendships that could last a lifetime, and the English Language Institute (ELI) at Pace wants to connect you with one! Sign up for their conversation program to start writing today.

The English Language Institute (ELI) at Pace offers a wide range of American English language programs in New York. From intensive English language courses to academic English and test preparation courses to business English and cross-cultural training for professionals and more, they’re committed to providing all kinds of services for those who wish to improve their English. And you can help! They’re in search of Pace students, staff, and faculty, who are interested in volunteering their time as an English conversation partner with an international student this summer.

ELI students represent over 30 countries and are eager to improve their English skills for personal, professional, and academic success. Besides improving their English, they’re also very excited to make a new friend! The conversation partner program is perfect for anyone interested in making a new friend, a student who may be planning to study abroad in 2021, or a staff member interested in staying connected to students. Please be sure to fill out the form in order to be considered. The latest program will begin on Tuesday, May 26. A representative will reach out to discuss all the details and answer any questions you might have about the process.

Interested? Here’s what you need to know:


  • >> Info and Expectations Meeting: Participants will attend a 30-minute information and expectations meeting to ensure enjoyment of the volunteer experience.
  • >> Weekly Commitment: Participants are expected to meet for one hour every two weeks by phone call, voice message, or video meeting. It is important for the English language learners of the ELI to experience authentic conversations in real time.
  • >> Timesheet: A timesheet will be provided to participants to keep track of the hours they have completed.
  • >> Certificate of Completion: Certificates of completion that document the number of service hours completed are available starting Tuesday, August 18, 2020.