During these uncertain times, how can we help?
See below to access our COVID-19 Resource Hub, and to explore our growing directory of both COVID-19-specific and virtual volunteering opportunities.
Please go to our website, www.refugee-esl.org for an in-depth program description and to sign up to volunteer!
For a full description of our program and to get an application, PLEASE visit our website, www.refugee-esl.org instead of replying via the "I want to help" button, above.
Did you know that nearly 1,000 refugees come to Denver each year, seeking safe haven from war, political oppression, religious and ethnic discrimination, or fear of persecution for their beliefs? You can help a refugee's transition.
In the Colorado Refugee ESL Home Tutoring Program, community volunteers teach English and acculturation in refugee students' homes. You visit with your student for a minimum of two hours per week. We ask that you continue for a minimum of four months.
All tutoring takes place in the student's home. Most refugees live in east Denver, Aurora, and Thornton, and smaller groups are scattered throughout the east side of the metro area.
Tutors do not need to speak their student's language. Volunteers must attend a free training. Sessions are offered six times a year, all day on a Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Applications and current upcoming training dates are on our website.
At this time, most of Denver's refugees come from Afghanistan, Burma, Somalia, Syria, Eritrea, Democratic republic of the Congo, and Iraq. Why volunteer to tutor? Many adult refugees are housebound, with no access to ESL classes. There are also many senior citizens within newly-arrived refugee families as well as refugees who carry the long-term health effects of living in harsh camp conditions, thus preventing them from going to school or even accessing the community around them.
To get more information or to download a volunteer application, go to the website www.refugee-esl.org, and click on the menu item for "apply to our program." Download, fill out, and submit your application. Once your application has been received, you'll be notified about the next scheduled training session.
For a full description of our program and to get an application, PLEASE visit our website, www.refugee-esl.org instead of replying via the "I want to help" button, above. Please show us you are willing to follow instructions. Thanks!
1860 Lincoln St., Denver, CO 80203, US
The Colorado Refugee English as a Second Language program, housed at Emily Griffith Technical College, strives to deliver high-quality English language instruction to newly arrived refugees. Caring teachers, administrators and volunteers throughout our organization provide the means for refugee students to obtain the acculturation, communication and literacy skills that are critical to survival and success in a new country.
The Colorado Refugee ESL (CRESL) program at Emily Griffith Technical College provides English language instruction to newly arrived refugees. Refugees who cannot attend classes study in a home setting with a volunteer tutor. The majority of the adult refugees who come to Colorado each year spend some time studying in the CRESL program. Most of the refugees who study in the home tutor program are women with small children, persons with disabilities or their full-time caretakers, and seniors. At any given time, at least 30 refugees in the Denver area are waiting for the instructional services of a volunteer in-home tutor.
We'll work with your schedule.
Denver metroDenver, CO 80203
January 23, 2020