Tandem language learning in Canton Zürich

Action from Switzerland’s new Tandem Language program seeks to partner volunteers with refugees for meaningful language and cultural exchanges.

Moving to a new country brings with it a number of challenges, including that of language and communication. Not only is German an inherently complex language to learn, but there are few opportunities for individuals to practice outside of school and a lack of language exchange programs for Arabic and Farsi. To address this situation, AfS is launching a program that will group Zürich residents for conversations. While the primary goal is for refugees to practice listening and speaking German, we encourage our German-speaking volunteers to learn a new language as well. Our friendships with refugees have humbled us with the amount that we can learn from one another.

Unlike classical tandem programs, the matching will be done in a group of four people, two German speakers, and two learners.

Joining the Tandem Program

Please fill out the registration form and our Tandem Coordinator will email you when we have found an appropriate group for you. We will then arrange a place and time for you to meet the three other members of your tandem group. We hope that you form a new friendship or two and set up a follow-up conversation. You could meet for coffee, tea, lunch, a walk around the lake, or visit the library. Perhaps you share a common hobby that you can do together.


All volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. If you are signing up as a German speaker, you should able to speak and understand German at a conversational level (B1). At the moment this program is limited to residents of the Canton of Zürich and/or those who are willing to travel into Zürich city for meetings.

Privacy and Security

AfS is committed to protecting your privacy. The information you share with us is confidential and will be used exclusively for selecting an appropriate partner.

While Action from Switzerland is the facilitator for Tandem Language Learning, we will under no circumstances be liable for any potential consequences resulting from your participation in the program. In signing up for this program you agree to our Terms and Conditions.

Thank you for your interest! Please contact us if you have any questions.