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Without English or French, refugees can't start life in Canada.
You can help.

Our language program is an innovative solution - and might just be the easiest way to help a refugee in Canada

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Refugees post requests for help, and Canadians post offers to help. You select matches, exchange contacts, and meet in person or virtually if both agree.

Help a refugee in just 30 minutes.

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Hop on a video call

30 minutes is enough for a conversation, which is incredible practice for newcomer refugees trying to learn English.


Help with a donation

A donation of $25 can provide a refugee with an hour of learning in our language program.

Meet our students

Visit our platform to see the full range of refugee requests - including requests for language practice and other types of help.


I need help practicing my English. I am now working as a warehouse worker in Winnipeg. It is a very hard job physically. I would like to find a better job, and need to improve my English first and improve my networking.


I'm looking to enhance my speaking skills, I am at an intermediate level now but it is difficult to find opportunities to speak with Canadians. Let me know if you have time, I would especially like to practice English to use for work!

Ruslan & Inna

Good afternoon, my name is Ruslan, my wife is Inna. Our family is new to Canada, we are from Ukraine because of the war. We would really like to get together as much as possible and practice our English. Thank you!

Meet our teachers

We hire refugee teachers to provide flexible online classes for refugee students. Refugees practice English with Canadian volunteers, boosting confidence and community connections, and have access to our learning resource library.


Areej Alasadi

A refugee from Syria, Areej has over 10 years of teaching experience in universities in Damascus.


Olga Vorobiova

A refugee from Ukraine, Olga has over 20 years of experience teaching English back home.


Larysa Sokolovska

A refugee from Ukraine, Larysa is based in Ottawa and is a talented teacher.


Yuliia Shabaranska

Also a refugee from Ukraine, Yuliia is teaching our intermediate level English students.


This program was made possible by the team at Open Arms.

Founded in 2021, Open Arms is a Toronto based organization dedicated to helping people fleeing conflict around the world transition to a new life in Canada. They have raised over $100,000 to support people who are impacted by global conflict to access the necessary resources and community required to start their new lives. 


Open Arms is proud to be partnering with Haven to provide support for learning English, one of the biggest barriers to creating a successful life in Canada.

Do you have any questions?

Reach out to our team at

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