Volunteer to help newly arrived refugees from Liberia, Burma, and other countries learn English
- Hi, everyone,
Are you looking for a way to continue serving here in the U.S.? Volunteering
as a home-based ESL tutor for newly arrived refugees is a great way to help
new refugee and immigrant families and also maintain a connection to the
region you served.
Refugee Transitions is looking for committed volunteers to tutor/mentor
refugee youth and adults in the Oakland and in San Francisco. Training is
provided. No second language knowledge is necessary, just a willingness to
commit to six to nine months of tutoring/mentoring in the home for at least
2-4 hours a week.
We serve refugees from *Liberia, the DRC, Burma, Burundi, Tibet, Bosnia, and
other countries*. As a tutor you can choose to work with youth or adults
(though in reality you often work with both).
As a *Youth Tutor*, you will help youth (7-17) with their home work and also
serve as a mentor. Because they often they missed critical years of
schooling and have a hard time keeping up at the same time they're learning
English, your tutoring will help them fill critical gaps as they try to
As an *Adult Tutor, *you help refugee adults to learn basic English. Many
got little education in their own language, so learning to read and write is
especially challenging...and critical to succeeding here. Many tutors also
help them access community resources like food banks and after school
programs for their kids.
Volunteers usually go to the refugee families' homes to tutor. Many of these
refugees work and have kids and so have a hard time going to adult school
classes. Many of them have little formal education, so fall easily through
the cracks in large classes with 35 students. They need the individualized
attention of a one-on-one tutor.
Our next orientation/information session will take place on *Wednesday, Jan.
16 *from *6-7:30 p.m*. at *2647 International Blvd, Suite 204,
Oakland, CA.*We also have an orientation in San Francisco on Monday,
Jan. 14 from 6-8pm
at 870 Market Street, Suite 718. in San Francisco.
*Please call 415-989-2151 to sign up for our info session* or to learn more
about how you can get involved. Even if you can't make it to the Jan 16
session, please call us to learn more about how to get involved.
You can also visit our website: www.reftrans.org to download a volunteer
Thanks for your interest in supporting refugee and immigrant families, and
we look forward to hearing from you!
Khanh Pham, Family Advocate
870 Market Street, Suite 718
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 989-2153 (fax)
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