Mary, Volunteer as an English Teacher for new immigrants
What does volunteering mean for you?
I have enjoyed volunteering so much. It means I’m involved with my community with people who have real needs; and I am trained to meet those needs. I really have enjoyed knowing the people I worked with this year.
Why did you want to volunteer?
My job is so enveloping that I felt I was losing touch with my community. This is a nice break from my regular work, and an easy way to meet and help others who have recently moved here. And it is using my skills.
What is/was your role as a volunteer?
I taught English to a class of new immigrants.
What did you gain by volunteering?
A sense of satisfaction and a real sense of knowing and enjoying people with such a different culture to mine.
What would you like to say to people who would like to volunteer?
I think that it is so good to do things that stretch you. A change is as good as a rest…it’s very restful to do something that is different. It’s well worth giving up time too…we waste so much time anyway.