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ESL Companions

We are glad of your interest in ESL Companions!

The ESL Cafe is starting a new program we call ESL Companions in which we match up friendly established native English speakers with refugee and immigrant singles of the same sex or families looking for a local friend.

We envision working with locally established refugee/immigrant organizations to help identify good candidates for this pilot project. We would hope to match up volunteers with someone in their area. A leader or other volunteer from one of our organizations would be present for an initial meetup, then from there the volunteer and family would work out how their in-home get togethers would look and what kinds of things would be most helpful for the new arrivals.

**Warning: this kind of thing often includes drinking lots of tea or coffee together, eating yummy treats, playing with friendly children and becoming intimately connected with a person or family you can’t imagine not having known before you ventured down this unknown path.**

While we are initially starting this in the Portland area, we would love to hear about interest from other areas as well.

Please fill out this form to get started and we will be in touch.