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Review for Welcome Project Inc, Somerville, MA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

My experience volunteering for The Welcome Project has been eye opening, even life-changing. What the one full time staff member and one part-time staff member are able to do for the immigrant and low income community of Somerville and Boston has a multiplier effect that is exponential. I taught English as a Second Language for 5 years in Austria, but my experience teaching at The Welcome Project is much more gratifying and useful. All Austrians receive a minimum of 8 years of free English (all education is free). At The Welcome Project, most of our students work very hard at low paid jobs and still prioritize their time to come to English lessons in order to further their lives- Quite the opposite of many Americans' stereotype of immigrants. The Welcome Project offers much more than eight different English courses for just $50 per semester or free if students have no way to pay for it. The youth program trains high school students to provide simultaneous translation in public meetings, enabling immigrants to understand and participate in parent-teacher and other community organizations. The Welcome Project empowers parents to assist children with school work and links immigrants to housing, legal, nutrition and other resources, creating an out-sized synergy with the local and wider community.

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Role:  Volunteer