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My Österreich (Austria) Adventure: Conversation Corps

Posted by Randy LeGrant on Fri, Dec 18, 2009

Photo of Jordan PostonJordan was one of our first Conversation Corps-Austria tutors and he kept a Blog of his experiences before he departed and while he was there.

His final post on December 2 reads:

"The past two months I spent in Austria were one of the best experiences I have ever had. And although I had an amazing time I was ready to come home to the best country in the world.

Once again thank you to all for reading, and don't forget - Life's a garden, dig it."

We hope you will check out Jordan's Blog and read about his experinces in Austria and the Conversation Corps-Austria program.

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Tags: Conversation Corps, Conversation Partner-Austria, Volunteer Blogs

New Program: Conversation Partner-Austria

Posted by Randy LeGrant on Mon, Sep 14, 2009

Converstion Partner logo.What is a Conversation Partner?  Volunteer to be a Conversation Partner and you will be speaking conversational English to the local police department, hotel staff, local business professionals, teachers, local tour guides.  You do not need to be a teacher or to have teaching experience to be a Conversation Partner.  You just need to meet with the group each day (up to 25 hours each week) and converse in English with them.  It's fun and rewarding.

Arial view of Vienna, Austria.Become a Conversation Partner in Vienna, Austria on GeoVisions' newest Conversation Partner program.  Volunteer 25 hours a week helping kindergarten students with Conversational English. Partners may tutor in several kindergartens or stay in just one.  Conversation Partners will live with a family of one of the children who attends the kindergarten. Breakfast and dinner are provided by the host family.  Lunch is on your own or taken at the Kindergarten.

This is a high-energy and really fun position.  GeoVisions provides the suggestions and helpful documents; you provide the personality to liven up an informal conversation class!  Find out first-hand how Austrians live and work day-to-day.  Sometimes there are opportunities to take part in activities.  Plus, the locals can show you landmarks and hidden gems.

GeoVisions' text, A Tutor's GuideConversation Partner volunteers must be native English speakers.  They need to have earned a high school (secondary school) diploma or certificate, and be in good health. Placements are available year 'round and range in duration from one to three months.

GeoVisions will:

  • Match you with the right family of one of the kindergarten students.
  • Place you in a kindergarten near your host family.
  • Pay for two months on Pongo Resume so you can update your cover letter and your resume and provide you with job listings.
  • Provide Premium membership in the ESL-Lounge so you can use flash cards, workbooks, and download lesson plans.
  • Award you The President's Volunteer Service Award including a lapel pen, letter from the President of The United States and certificate.
  • Provide counseling about the program, your duties, pre-departure, provide support 24-7 in Austria and here in the U.S., provide local orientation and extensive health and accident insurance.
To find out more about this program, CLICK HERE to see the program page.

Tags: Conversation Partner-Austria