Would you be interested in establishing lasting friendships with Japanese students that are studying in Canada? GPI North America is currently recruiting Conversation Buddies for our Spring and Summer Programs –we offer paid positions to high school/secondary students and limited volunteer positions for elementary and middle school or junior high school students. Conversation Buddies take part in English lessons and other activities, and developing strategies towards communicating effectively with Japanese students in English is an important part of each participant’s role.

Our programs are mainly based in Ottawa, Niagara Falls, Red Deer, Calgary, Richmond, Surrey, Maple Ridge, Coquitlam, Delta, Langley, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Nanaimo, and Cloverdale.

Please fill out the online form below to apply. We look forward to hearing from you!


Thank you for doing a great job, Many!

Many has been active as a GPI North America Conversation Buddy since she was in grade 10. In the summer of 2016, as a second-year university student, she served as a Buddy for 4 groups, and help make the program a success.

She enthusiastically started conversations with Japanese students, made lots of friends, and influenced other Buddies to join students at mealtime – allowing everyone to get to know each other better.

Many used her dance talents to make get-togethers exciting, and as a major in video production, collected photos and created an amazing slide show. GPI North America presented Many with a gift card as a symbol of our gratitude for her amazing efforts.

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