This project is about community integration between English language learners (ELLs) and English language speakers in Portland, OR. The name Project Pear is a fun play on the word ‘pair’ as in pairing people for conversations. The idea for this project is a natural progression of my work with international students studying English in Portland. Through my work with Portland English Language Academy (PELA) as a group conversation leader, I found that many students expressed difficulty meeting native speakers and especially to ‘hang out’ with them. This led me to create a group for this specific purpose through meetup.com. That group is called Portland English Conversation & Cultural Exchange and can be found here. The group has been very successful hosting many events over the course of its three-year existence. During this time, I have spoken with many ELLs and it is clear from these conversations that a main reason our group attracts ELLs is because our group openly invites English language learners to join us and engage in conversation regardless of English skill level. It is the simple invitation to join with the acknowledgement of language and cultural differences that has served as a welcome for many group members. It is my idea that Portland’s community can be enriched by greater involvement with international learners and those same learners can find more opportunities to grow their cultural awareness and English abilities if other social groups and volunteer organizations make similar open invitations targeting ELLs. Project Pear is a group dedicated to increasing the interaction between English language learners and English language speakers in Portland, OR.