Agueda Rivadeneyra is my student. We started meeting in June 2015. Agueda is a stellar student. She learns quickly and is extremely motivated. Our lessons start with conversation, and we discuss grammar, writing and vocabulary. Homework mostly centers on her interests and includes watching movies and listening to songs in English. Often, Agueda decides to watch an extra movie and to listen to additional songs, in order to accelerate her fluency in English. We meet each week and Agueda takes one or two classes each semester with our faculty at Literacy Volunteers. Because Agueda has a very positive outlook on life, she is a joy to see. She loves her family and friends, and she is a kind, compassionate person.
Agueda moved to the United States from Mexico and plans to become a citizen. She has wide-ranging hobbies, including gardening, cooking, sewing and dancing. I look forward to each meeting with Agueda, she is my friend as well as my student. I learn more from her than she does from me! We also have coffee and lunch with her husband Jesus on occasion. Jesus is also a student at Literacy Volunteers. Agueda and Jesus would like to open a restaurant in the United States once they are fluent in English. Meeting Agueda and Jesus has been the best blessing for a new tutor. My name is Sheila McManus, and I am a Literacy Volunteers tutor.
My name is Susan and I completed the tutor training in May, 2015. I was interested in becoming more involved in helping new immigrants to succeed in our community. I heard about Literacy Volunteers by word of mouth and have enjoyed my experience in every way. I meet with my student every week – we play games, work with flash cards and mainly, I encourage my student, Melba, to speak English! We even talk on the phone twice a week because Melba is afraid to talk on the phone. I also volunteer in the Literacy Volunteers’ main office once a week. This experience is so meaningful for me and I’m not sure who gets more out of it.
Next Free ESL Tutor Training begins Fall 2015 (Dates TBD)
Volunteers must contact us to register for this training.
As a Literacy Volunteer, you can:
- Volunteer 2 hours each week
- Share conversation and American culture
- Receive free training and support
- Make a difference in an adult’s life
My name is Durga Khawas. I came to the United States on September 22 of 2009 from Bhutan. I was born there but I am ethnically a Nepali. Because of our Nepalese heritage, my family and many other Nepalese families in Bhutan were harshly discriminated against and we ended up in refugee camps in Nepal for a long time. It was wonderful to be allowed into the United States 5 years ago. There are over 250 Nepalese families living in Worcester now who originally lived in Bhutan.