October 28, 2012
I have volunteered as an English Language tutor at WATCH (Waltham Alliance to Create Housing) CDC for two years, and it has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. As part of the tutoring program, WATCH trains English-speaking volunteers and carefully pairs them with adult ELL learners from the surrounding community. Once a week, my learner and I practice conversation and reading, and have terrific discussions about American culture and life. Her confidence and conversational skills have improved tremendously, and it's been really fun for me, too! In addition to the tutoring program, WATCH offers low-cost English classes, a walk-in housing clinic, and energy-efficiency "barn-raisings" to help reduce energy costs for local people. Their staff is friendly, well-established and -organized, and extremely dedicated to their community. WATCH provides the Waltham community with an invaluable service, and I would strongly recommend working with them!
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