In countries where English is not the official language, sometimes is quiet difficult to find the ways to learn and improve. Next to that, for sure you have thousand of books, guides, CD which help you to learn however this is not always funny and you feel like is the like to break this big wall and get in touch with people no only for english practice experience but also as a human experience.
Then I am very interested in meeting nice people for this language exchange!
That is very true for all languages though, because a language reflects the culture of a country. I am sure we do not purely learn for the sake of the linguistc skill, but also to get the know the culture, the people and the many things that make a language much more enriching than its mere vocabulary and grammar. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
We would be terribly demotivated to learn any language or even anything at all if there was no goal and no reward. In being able to interact with people who speak the language we are learning, we get the opportunity to look beyond the mere process of having learnt the language. I did not have very entertaining and competent English teachers at school (one of them them was missing most of the time) and when I later attended school in the UK with my limited command of English, I realized that all those hours of memorizing grammar structures were useless for conversations.
Only when I started talking to native English speakers, did I develop a sense of what the language is meant to sound like. And it is so much more fun and enriching, too!