Volunteer Opportunities

Conversational Connections

Conversational Connections is a collaborative program between Programs for 50+ and Community Engagement at The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, and English Language Support (ELS), a unit of Ryerson University’s Student Learning Support.

This intergenerational and intercultural program matches international, exchange, and first-generation Ryerson students with older adult volunteers from Programs for 50+ and Community Engagement to give students an opportunity to practice their conversational English in and out-of-classroom situation.

Matches are usually made in the first month of each term, and sessions are scheduled for one hour per week. Volunteers are English language resources and motivators—they keep students talking, address their questions, and boost their confidence.

There are three steps to becoming a Conversational Connections volunteer:

  1. Fill out an intake form. The intake form indicates your interest in the program, tells us a little about yourself, and provide us with a way to reach you. Complete the form online at ryerson.ca/ce/convoconnect or in person at Heaslip House, 3rd floor, CED 313T, 297 Victoria Street.
  2. Complete an interview. The face-to-face interview will take place after the intake form has been reviewed. It is a way for us to review the requirements for the position and clarify the contents of your application. Interviews are approximately 30 minutes long, and take place at Heaslip House, 3rd floor, 297 Victoria Street.
  3. Attend orientation. Once the interview is complete, you will be invited to take part in a volunteer orientation session. Sessions are approximately 45-60 minutes long, and take place at Heaslip House, 3rd floor, 297 Victoria Street.

See our Conversational Connections Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for more information.

If you have questions about Conversational Connections, please contact Melanie Santarossa at msantarossa@ryerson.ca or at 416.979.5000, ext. 543491.