I’ve been working with several Syrian families, who are resettling in Riverdale, Maryland with ESL and basic literacy through weekly home visits and English language lessons. For each individual family, I assess their language needs and design lessons to strengthen their skills in conversational English, pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary for job-readiness.
I am helping to coordinate ESL tutoring for newly arriving Syrian families sponsored by the Free-Syria Foundation by matching families with tutors. Prior to working with the Free-Syria Foundation, I spent over 16 years working on international development programs to support vulnerable children and families, both as a contractor for the United States Government’s Agency for International Development (USAID), and as a Technical Advisor for several International Nongovernmental Organizations (NGO’s).
In working with FREE-Syria on refugee resettlement, I love that we’re focused on the families’ needs and treating each member of the family as an individual. That helps us to match volunteers with individual needs. It’s so rewarding and I thank you for the opportunity.