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Withdrawal of Penfriends

Since we launched the Penfriends project about 10 years ago, more than 22,000 schools have participated from 190 countries, and we’re proud of the contribution it has made to English language learning all over the world.

In that time, we have made other new, innovative resources available for learners. Therefore, we feel that the time has come to retire the Penfriends site as we focus on new ways to support both learners and teachers.

We will be withdrawing Penfriends on 31 August 2022, and it won’t be possible to use the platform from that date onwards. Our helpdesk will close after 29 July 2022.

We would like to thank you sincerely for the support you’ve shown towards Penfriends, and we look forward to working on other projects with the schools in the future.


Improve your students' English with Penfriends. We inspire schools to connect, share letters and practise their skills in a safe and fun environment. Give your students the confidence to succeed in English and make English language penfriends by registering today.

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22493 schools participating

219268 cards exchanged

190 countries

How it works

Connect with another school and find English-speaking pen pals to start exchanging cards with their students. We believe learning English should be an exhilarating experience. So far, we’ve helped thousands of students improve their English and feel more confident communicating in a practical way. With over 16,000 schools already enjoying the benefits of having international penfriends, get started right away by registering your school.

1. Register your school

Register your school today, telling us where you are, how many students are taking part and the age group of your students.

2. Find a partner school

Look at the world map on our website to find language pen pals in another country. Find international pen friends from schools that are like your own in terms of age range and number of penfriends.

3. Upload cards

Choose 30 of your students’ penpal cards, scan or photograph them, and upload them to our website for the world to see.

Penfriends inspired our students to recognise and explore our own culture. It motivated them to read and learn new things from students around the world.

Chiho Nakagawa
English teacher

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