March 2014

Kevin (domestic) and Lucas (international) became virtual conversation partners in summer 2012. Their conversations and friendship on Skype continued after Lucas’ arrival at W&M, and even continued after both of their graduation from W&M. Kevin is now studying in Sichuan University, Chendu, China. Last week, he visited Beijing and met up with Lucas who showed him around. Here is a wonderful dinner picture of them and their friends from a Korean restaurant in Beijing, China!

Now, VCPP 2012 and 2013 participants, if you have stories like this, please share with us! We’d love to hear from you. Email project director: Jingzhu Zhang:


The Virtual Conversation Partner Program (VCPP) is recruiting domestic students for its 3rd year operation! The VCPP has received various news coverage and recognitions at W&M, even the President Reveley has heard and applauded this program! 

If you would like to have an intercultural experience — become a virtual conversation partner with an incoming international student through Skype! The VCPP is sponsored by the Reves Center. Accepting applications.

Since the international students confirm their acceptance into W&M at different time, you have the flexibility to decide when to start the Skype conversation based on your own schedule. Ideally we hope the conversations would last for three months (anytime between May and August), 1 hour per week, before the international students arrive at W&M. 

This is a volunteer position. It counts as service hours. At the end of the summer, you will have a chance to win gift-cards ($100, $50, $25, and $15). We will have an orientation on April 18th (2-3 p.m., Reves Room, refreshments will be served) and a recognition reception in September!