Why Practice English with ENGin?

You've spent years studying English in school. You've memorized the conditional and present perfect. You know 35 synonyms for the word "eloquent". But you're still terrified by the idea of introducing yourself in English.


Sound familiar? Speaking skills are one of the most important aspects of fluency in a foreign language - and one of the hardest to learn. If you want to improve your spoken English but can't afford expensive tutors and don't have fluent friends to practice with, ENGin can help. 

ENGin pairs Ukrainian students up with native or fluent English speakers for weekly speaking sessions. Here's what we can offer you:

  • Practice speaking English from your room: It doesn't get much easier than ENGin. Your speaking buddy will video chat you each week at a mutually convenient time, asking questions and introducing different topics that will give you plenty of opportunities to practice speaking. 

  • Connect with peers across the globe: The opportunity for intercultural exchange is one of the best aspects of our program. Our learners love getting to know their speaking buddies, discovering a different culture, and sharing stories about their own lives. 

  • Improve your English for free: As a nonprofit initiative, we do not charge our learners for our services. This allows any motivated student to participate in ENGin's program.

  • Get support from the ENGin teamWith ENGin, you are participating in a structured program and working with a speaking buddy who has been screened and trained by our team. You receive access to regularly updated online resources for learning English. And, if you have any issues throughout the program, we are here to help you resolve them at any time.

Am I Eligible?

ENGin has 4 main criteria for learners:


  1. Age: You should be 13-22 years old

  2. English level: You must have studied English and be comfortable with grammar and vocabulary.  

  3. Location: We are currently working with Ukrainian students. Unfortunately, we do not have enough volunteers to accommodate students from other countries.

  4. Commitment: You should be ready to dedicate 1-2 hours a week to preparing for and participating in sessions.

What is the ENGin learning experience like?


After a short application process, our team will pair you up with a speaking buddy. We consider your preferences (age, gender, etc), your academic and extracurricular interests, and your availability to find the right match. 


Your buddy will reach out to set up a mutually convenient time for your speaking sessions. You might have one longer session per week (45-60 minutes) or two shorter sessions (25-30 minutes each). 


Your buddy will prepare topics and questions for each session. Sessions are focused on informal conversation, giving you maximum speaking time. You might discuss school, the latest news stories, favorite books and movies, holiday plans, or anything else that's on your mind.


Throughout your ENGin experience, you can contact our team at any time for help or advice. We will also share links to free online learning resources, tips for improving your English, and more.

How to Start Practicing English with ENGin 

Step 1: Application form (15-20 minutes).

Please fill out our student application here. This short form will help us understand your background and match you with a volunteer.


Step 2: Placement test

A short placement test, included with the application form, will help us understand your current level of English so we can best support you in your learning journey.

Step 3: Interview (15-20 minutes)


Once we receive your application and placement test score, we will reach out to schedule a 15-20 minute video call to provide more details about learning with ENGin and answer any questions.

Questions? Email info@enginprogram.org!