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Workplace ESL Assistant (Workplace ESLAs)



Summary of Program
This program has 3 separate sub-programs so make sure to read through all of them
in order to see which suits your schedule and interests the most.

Select a Workplace program below:

— O’Hill
— Newcomb Dining Hall
— UVa Hospital

Many UVa service employees are refugees and immigrants who have recently resettled in Charlottesville to make a better life for themselves. VISAS Volunteers have an opportunity to welcome these newcomers and to help them improve their English and literacy skills. Training and supervision is provided for volunteers who meet weekly with learners, individualizing instruction within a larger group workshop setting. Sessions are held during workers’ break time at the UVa Hospital and Observatory Hill (O’Hill) Dining Hall. You must be a native speaker of English in order to apply for this position.

Program Outline

Each program has its own outline, expectations, scheduling, and general details on time commitment.
This allows flexibility in scheduling around your classes or other extracurriculars.

“All of the work I did through VISAS was with UVa employees… The people I worked with were incredibly amazing and so eager to learn English that it made diagramming sentences and going over the alphabet and vocabulary words the highlight of my week. These employees are some of the best, most hardworking people at this university.” –M., Workplace ESLA

“I really enjoyed working with the students at O-Hill because they always walked in with a smile and a willingness to learn. Even on my bad days, they always managed to cheer me up with their excitement for learning and diverse cultural stories. These are some of the best students I have ever had the pleasure of working with and I am so proud to see that they have improved so much. Thank you so much!” —T.T., Workplace ESLA

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