BACKGROUND: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. At work in over 40 countries and 29 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home. The IRC in Atlanta office was established in 1979 and has resettled over 21,000 refugees from nearly 50 countries into the Greater Atlanta area. As the largest refugee resettlement agency in Georgia, the IRC in Atlanta resettles an average of 1,000 refugees into Georgia annually and provides additional services and assistance to another 2,500 refugees and asylees.
SCOPE OF ENGLISH LITERACY/CIVICS EDUCATION INTERN WORK: The EL/Civics Education Intern assists refugee and immigrant clients in gaining the English, literacy, and civics skills necessary to become active participants in their communities. Curriculum is focused on developing vocabulary and communication skills for navigating governmental, educational, financial, healthcare, and other American institutions. In addition, supplementary materials help develop the vocabulary and communication skills needed for the citizenship exam.
- Assist instructor and program director in daily classroom activities including one-on-one tutoring, leading small groups, and teaching specific components of the curriculum.
- Plan and implement lessons and classroom activities including, but not limited to, one-on-one tutoring, leading small groups, and teaching specific components of the curriculum.
- Assist program director with new student registration and orientation.
- Support program activities by developing and preparing educational materials as requested by instructor
- Support and assist with general program improvements.
- Assist with record-keeping, data entry, and file maintenance to support program administration
- Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
- Strong interest in working with international clients in a cross-cultural environment.
- International experience and previous teaching experience a plus.
- Ability to take initiative and work independently, be flexible and creative.
- Enthusiasm for helping people learn.
EL/Civics classes are held Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, from 9:00 to 11:30 am, and from 12:00 to 2:30 pm at the IRC office; evening classes are offered Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 6:00 to 8:30 pm at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church. Interns must be able to commit to at least 15 hours per week.
For more information or to apply, please contact Duncan de la Feld, Volunteer Coordinator, at VolunteerATL@Rescue.org or 678-636-8928. To learn more about us, please visit the IRC website at www.Rescue.org/Atlanta