I have technological problems in reaching my tandem partner. Which channels of communication can I use?

Even though you might get the impression that a bad internet connection might be an obstacle to the communication with your tandem partner, there is a variety of different options that you can try out. Sometimes calls on WhatsApp or Messenger need a less stable internet connection than Skype. Another possibility is to record voice messages on WhatsApp. If all of these do not work, you might also agree with your tandem partner to use written communication, e.g. in the form of e-mails or messages.

My tandem partner does not have enough time for me or comes always late for our meetings. What can I do?

If these kinds of frustration come up, it is important to communicate them to your tandem partner. We recommend you to talk about your respective expectations, e.g. on how much time you are willing to invest and how flexible you are in your time management.

It might also be helpful to convene a fixed date once per week and to have long- and short-term goals, which you would like to achieve together.

Does GlobalMatch give me financial support for my project?

Our focus lies on intercultural exchange of skills and knowledge, that’s why we cannot fund your project. Still we hope that through your exchange with your tandempartner you can do some research and find institutions that might give you financial support.

Should I finance the project of my tandem partner? How can we finance the common project?

The golden rule of each project is, start big – think small. Your project work should be focused on the creativity you can unfold together. You can start with something very small that doesn´t need financing. Watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4m_BZlc1dM

If you figured out that your idea works you could do fundraising together. Furthermore there are plenty of scholarships, awards or grants you could apply, with a little research you will come up with many possibilities.  Don´t hesitate to ask the GlobalMatch team if you need help by researching a fitting award.

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