My Local Friend is a volunteer organization in Groningen which we run through City Central. From October of 2020, the project has split into two tracks: Welcome Friend for social support, and Taal Friend for Dutch conversation practice. Both of the tracks are designed to put new and old Groningers in contact with each other and help new residents learn the language (Taal Friend) and get to know the city better (Welcome Friend).
Welcome Friend matches recently arrived students and international residents with a local English-speaking volunteer for a period of six months. We pair up a local – a Dutch person or an international resident – with a newcomer, and the volunteer introduces him/her to the city and answers any questions he/she may have about life in Groningen.
Do you want to:
- • Get to know the city better?
- • Meet local people?
- • Learn more about local culture, history, etc.?
- • Explore the city with a Groninger?
Do you want to:
- • Help out a new resident of the city?
- • Get to know an international resident?
- • Show off the city?
- • Make yourself available to answer questions?
Join either as a new resident or as a volunteer by signing up for an intake here.
SAFETY DURING THE CORONA PANDEMIC
In light of the coronavirus, your safety is more important than anything else. You do not have to meet in person if you do not feel safe doing so, and please check local rules and restrictions if you do choose to meet in person. You and your match can always stay in touch by telephone, video chat or WhatsApp.