Schedule sessions that are convenient to both you and your new friend that is as consistent from week to week as possible
Provide support for the family as they learn about and adjust to their new language, culture and environment
Help with appointments and social services (if your schedule allows)
Provide encouragement and support when needed
Introduce the family to their new community -- go to community events, connect to additional resources, help them to link with their own community organizations
Answer questions and suggest solutions when you can
As a First Friend, not only can you guide the refugee through these new experiences, but you can also provide encouragement and relief from this stress.
Assess clients occasionally (English conversations, reading mail or newspapers, etc.). Reaffirm if necessary.
Consult your Volunteer Coordinator contact with any questions or for assistance with reported or observed difficulties- many absences or cancellations, resistance to teaching, etc.
Volunteers can spend as much times with their refugee families as they desire
More possible activities do do with families: -I spy (to learn colors and names for objects) -Driving lessons (for those families who have their own car, however no permit) -Going to thrift stores (especially for pregnant mothers) -Share culture and food -Watch movies/TV in English