The UBC tandem Language Learning Program started off with a one-person team back in 2011, and has since grown and expanded in many different ways. The program would not be possible without the awesome people that are part of it!

We also have 14 Volunteer Facilitators. This fantastic team leads our group sessions and hosts events throughout the semester!

​Fall 2019 Session Times

Sathvik Yuki Fujiwara

Program Coordinator

I’m half Japanese and half Indian and was born in Japan but spent most of my life living in a boarding school in the south of India (Andhra Pradesh). It was there that I really found myself immersed in a multilingual society that got me interested in the role languages play in our lives. Thinking about the relationship between language, culture and identity has always been something I’ve been passionate about and I’m excited to be able to explore these ideas in the Global Lounge as your new tandem coordinator!

Natalie Armendariz

Program Coordinator

I am a third year undergraduate student in the International Relations program. I grew up in El Paso, Texas and which has fostered my appreciation for cultures and expanding my knowledge of various languages. Currently, I am studying Arabic and am interested in Arab culture; an interest that motivated my study abroad to Morocco. Despite living and growing up in the same city all my life, I enjoy traveling and love adventuring in all the places I visits. 


Monday Facilitator

Hello! Selamat Datang! 你好(Ni Hao)! 你好(Lei Hou)!

My name is Jancis and I am currently in 3rd year Social Work Undergrad program here at UBC. I came to Canada 5 years ago as an international student and is now loving my time here in Vancouver! I am excited to meet you all in Tandem because I am an advocate for cultural diversity and is always curious about the immense world around me. I speak fluent Cantonese and English. Intermediate proficiency in Mandarin and beginner in Bahasa Melayu. Besides school, you will find me baking, hiking, volunteering, playing badminton, doing scrapbook and petting dogs on the street. 


Monday Facilitator

Lena, a 2nd year computer engineering student, is the most blissful member in our Tandem team. She speaks English, Korean, and Japanese. Try talking with her about running and hiking. She loves to be out in nature. One more good tip for getting close to her: she is a crazy cat person!

Monday Sessions: 3:30-5:00pm


Tuesday Facilitator

Eric is a fifth year student majoring in computer science, microbiology & immunology. He speaks English, Mandarin, Taiwanese, and Japanese. Having three years of experience working with the fantastic tandem family, he is excited to continue on meeting new faces and talking about traveling and food! Ways to be friends: feed him:D


Tuesday Facilitator

My name is Eric! I’m a 4th year international student studying economics. I came to Canada two years ago and this was the best decision I’ve ever made! Over the last two years I’ve experienced a variety of cultures and made many friends from all around the world. I’m a Mandarin native speaker, please feel free to practice Mandarin with me at any time! I love all kinds of food and I accept any invitation for food!

Tuesday Sessions: 3:30-5:00pm


Wednesday Facilitator

Emmanuel is a 5th year student in the Bachelor of Arts program with a major in Psychology and minor in International Relations. He was born in the Philippines but grew up in Makati and later moved to Vancouver, BC during his secondary school years. 

His love for fashion, arts, and culture has lead him to study Romance-languages such as French and Spanish. He spent this summer studying French in Quebec’s University Laval. He speaks English and Tagalog fluently, French in a B1 level, and Spanish in an A2 level.

He enjoys photography and has recently been into collecting and refurbishing vintage leather bags.


Wednesday Facilitator

Yuya is a 5th year student with a major of History and minor in Economics. He speaks English and Japanese. He follows the NBA and is a fan of the Boston Celtics and the Minnesota Timberwolves. He also likes to play basketball and baseball which he was the captain in both sports few years ago.

I’m full Japanese so anyone who wants to learn Japanese/English, feel free to contact me!

I am super exicted to be part of this program!


Thursday Facilitator

I am a second-year undergraduate student who is planning to major in sociology. I grew up in Guangzhou, China where I learn Mandarin and  Cantonese. Now I am fluent in English and working hard to learn Spanish, hoping to visit beautiful archeological sites in Mexico and Spain. A random fact about myself, although traveling in groups is an amazing experience, I prefer traveling alone where I can enjoy different aspects of the city at my own pace. 


Thursday Facilitator

Hey there! I’m Enid, a 5th year English major. I speak English and Cantonese Chinese fluently, and am hoping to improve my Mandarin, Japanese and French by volunteering with the tandem Language Program this semester. I like thinking about the technical aspects of language and learning about what makes languages unique from one another, so if you are curious about this as well, come let me know! My favourite vegetable is bok choi right now, but I dislike eggplant. I also like playing the acoustic guitar.

Wednesday Sessions: 3:30-5:00pm


Friday Facilitator

I’m a Fourth-year undergrad student in the Bachelor of Media Studies program. My passion for languages started in my home country of India, where I was fortunate enough to pick up languages such as Hindi, Tamil, Marathi and Gujarati outside of which I took up learning German, after being in Switzerland for quite a while. Currently, I’m in the pursuit of learning Japanese. Different cultures, languages and cuisines (especially) intrigue me to no end. 

Fun Fact: My dream is to spend an entire year travelling to a different country every week. 


Friday Facilitator

Friday Facilitator (2nd session)

David is a undergraduate university student majoring in Human Geography. He speaks English (or as he would like to call it, ‘Anglo-Saxon’), a bit of Chinese Mandarin, and a bit of Japanese. David’s hobbies include listening to music in different languages, watching YouTube videos, spending time with friends, having random trips in Metro Vancouver, and eating snacks.

Fun Fact: David has a lot of nicknames. Ask him what they are!

Friday Facilitator (2nd session)

Thursday Sessions: 1:00-2:30pm


Independent Facilitator

I’m a 4th year undergraduate student majoring in the International Relations. I was born and raised in Japan. I’m interested in the Latin culture. Currently, I’m studying French and Spanish. I love traveling, and I’ve been to more than 20 countries including Italy, Finland, Slovakia, Morocco, and Singapore.



Independent Facilitator

Hello! I am Grace currently in my 4th year studying Psychology at UBC. I am fluent in both English and Japanese and I would love to learn Mandarin and Spanish! I love to travel and would like to go to Guam or Italy my next trip.

Friday Sessions: 1:30-3:00pm
Friday Sessions: 3:30-5:00pm