English as a Second Language Tutor/ Substitute Teacher
Kentucky Refugee Ministries
Volunteers meet with ESL students during class time from 9:30am-12:30pm or 1:00-3:45pm. Volunteers are paired individually or in small groups with adult students to practice basic reading, writing, conversation, and job skills. They may also be asked to lead the class when the regular teacher is out. Before volunteers begin tutoring, they may observe 2 English classes to get a sense of how the classes are taught and what levels of English they will be working with. This opportunity requires volunteers to be 18 years of age or older, fluent in English, and preferably have some classroom experience.
Volunteer Impact: Conversing in English in an easygoing environment is one of the best and fastest ways for clients to learn the language. Volunteers can build relationships while simultaneously helping clients to assimilate faster into the American culture. Refugees who have just arrived are often very shy in class, and that might inhibit English language learning. Volunteers who can meet with them one on one may be able to get to know the client and make him/her feel more at ease and be able to absorb more of the language.
About Kentucky Refugee Ministries
969 Cherokee Road, Louisville, KY 40204, US
Kentucky Refugee Ministries, Inc. (KRM), a non-profit organization, is dedicated to providing resettlement services to refugees through church- and agency-based sponsorship in order to promote self-sufficiency and successful integration into our community. KRM is committed to offering access to community resources and opportunities and to promoting awareness of diversity for the benefit of the whole community.
Kentucky Refugee Ministries, Inc. is the refugee resettlement office in the state of Kentucky for two national church-based programs: The Episcopal Migration Ministries and Church World Service. Kentucky Refugee Ministries is authorized by the U.S. Dept. of State to assist refugees who have been legally admitted to the United States, as victims of warfare or other forms of persecution because of their religious or political beliefs.
Our program began in 1990 as an outreach of the Presbyterian denomination, shortly after the location of the Presbyterian Church (USA) headquarters in Louisville. It then expanded to include all of the Protestant denominations which make up the National Council of Churches, and then in 1994, added affiliation with the Episcopal Migration Ministries, the resettlement program of the Episcopal Church.
Kentucky Refugee Ministries now employs 30 people, who work both full and part time to serve refugees. Our staff includes caseworkers, job developers, and interpreters. Refugees themselves have been hired on our program staff and serve on our Board of Directors. Our staff speaks English, Spanish, Bosnian, French, Somali, and German and also works closely with contract interpreters who speak other languages native to the refugees we serve. Our main office and ESL school are both located at 969B Cherokee Rd. in Louisville. We also have a suboffice in Lexington.
Refugees come to this country as victims of trauma, as people who have lost their homes and families because of war, as people hoping for peace and freedom as they begin life anew. Our program provides them with apartments and furnishing, helps enroll children in school, gets families to medical treatment, and secures employment for family members who are able to go to work. Refugees come from very diverse educational and skill backgrounds, and we attempt to place the refugee in the best jobs available, given the client's language ability, background, training and experience. Long term assistance include job upgrades, assistance with certain immigration processes and classes and assistance preparing individuals to become naturalized American citizens.
Kentucky Refugee Ministries benefits from the help of many volunteers from service and educational institutions in the Louisville community. We are a church-based program, and we initially work to link refugees with church congregations who will sponsor them.
Since we began our work in 1990, we have placed over 4500 refugees in various Kentucky communities. These individuals and families represent 29 different nationalities and ethnic groups including Liberian, Colombian, Vietnamese, Haitian, Cuban, Iraqi, Somali, Kurdish, Bosnian, Kosovar, Russian, Ethiopian, Romanian, Sudanese, Benadir, Barawan, Togolese, Congolese, Afghani, Iranian, Ukrainian and Rwandan.