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ORGANIZATION: The ENGin Program

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Are you ready to change a life from the comfort of home?

Join ENGin as a conversation partner! This is a flexible and unique opportunity to make a direct impact on someone’s life while discovering a new culture and meeting a new friend.

We’ll pair you up with a buddy in Ukraine for weekly videochats at times that are convenient for you. During your conversations, you’ll practice English with your partner, learn about each other’s cultures, and offer an empathetic, authentic space for connection.

No teaching experience or knowledge of Ukrainian is required to volunteer with us. All of our participants can understand and hold a basic conversation in English. We offer ample training resources, session materials and total flexibility to customize your sessions to fit your/your partner’s goals and preferences. You’ll also have access to online communities to share ideas and ask questions.

Our only requirements for volunteers are English fluency, a strong internet connection, and the ability to commit to one hour a week for a minimum of 10-12 weeks.

Here's what three ENGin volunteers say about their experience.

  • "I'm so glad that I got this experience and was able to make a new friend. By putting in a small amount of time, I'm able to make a huge impact on my student."

  • "This program has been, I think, life-changing for both of us. I really consider her more like my daughter right now. That's how close we have become!"

  • "I made a friend in Ukraine and we are teaching each other about our culture, our language, and our humor. We're even trading dad jokes! Both of us look forward to our chats and have a hard time wrapping it up."

To learn more about ENGin and become a volunteer, please visit www.enginprogram.org/volunteer or register to attend one of our weekly Zoom info sessions here. Info sessions are an opportunity to meet one of our team members, learn more about ENGin, and ask questions.

If you have any questions before signing up, please contact our team at info@enginprogram.org.

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About The ENGin Program

Location:

42 Highview Avenue #4, Stamford, CT 06907, US

Mission Statement

ENGin is a nonprofit organization changing the world one conversation at a time. We connect English-speaking volunteers age 13+ with motivated Ukrainians for online speaking practice and cross-cultural exchange. Through simple weekly virtual conversations, our volunteers make a huge impact - helping young people overcome the language barrier, offering friendship and emotional support, and introducing them to a new culture. In a time of extreme stress for Ukrainians, weekly one-on-one conversations offer a lifeline of normalcy.

Description

We help Ukrainian youth connect with the global community by empowering them to speak fluent, conversational English. Our work breaks down borders to catalyze Ukraine’s postwar reconstruction and longer-term economic and social development.

Our one-of-a-kind model is human-centered, personalized, and authentic. Through 1-on-1 conversation, we facilitate mutually beneficial relationships between students and volunteers, creating a virtuous cycle of growth and understanding. And by doing this at unprecedented scale - 44,000 participants and counting - we’re bridging cultures and fostering a more interconnected, empathetic world.

Want to learn more about volunteering with ENGin before signing up? Register to attend one of our weekly Zoom info sessions: https://calendly.com/volunteer-training/volunteer-info-sessions.

You can learn more about ENGin at www.enginprogram.org/volunteer . If you have any questions before signing up, please contact us at info@enginprogram.org.

CAUSE AREAS

Community
Education & Literacy
International
Community, Education & Literacy, International

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Oxford RdManchester, 03105United Kingdom

(53.48076,-2.24263)
 

SKILLS

  • Tutoring
  • Mentoring
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
  • People Skills
  • English
  • Relationship Building

GOOD FOR

  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 13
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1 hour a week for a minimum of 10-12 weeks (you choose the day and time)
  • Must be fluent in English. No prior experience or knowledge of Ukrainian required. Should be ready to video chat with a student using any platform of your choice (Zoom, Google Meet, Skype, etc)

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