- 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
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Orientation or Training
- Storage Cleanup
- Office Assistant Volunteer
- RSP (Refugee Scholar Program)...
- Move-In Crew
- Transportation Assistant
- Pre-Employment Assistant
- Volunteer Interpreters
- Case Management Assistant
- Administrative Support Volunteer
- Cultural Orientation Assistant
- Language Interpretation Services
- Immigration Volunteer or Intern
- First Friends Community Support