CAELC's VISAS PROGRAM AT UVA

Newcomb Dining Hall

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Summary of Program


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 Hospital and Observatory Hill Dining Hall. You must be a native speaker of English in order to apply for this position.


Program Outline


Basic Prerequisites:

  • Be a native speaker of English
  • Able to meet and work with Newcomb Dining Hall employees from a variety of countries on a regular, scheduled basis
  • Meet in the Newcomb Hall Meeting Room

General Time Requirements:

  • When? Beginning September 13th and ending November 29th
  • How often? Once per week on Tuesdays
  • How long? 2:15 – 3:45 PM (volunteers are expected to arrive 15 minutes before participants to prepare and stay 15 minutes after to debrief with program coordinators)

Position Duties:

  • Work with UVa service employees to help them practice English language and literacy skills to meet their own language goals
  • Provide individualized instruction within a larger group workshop setting
  • Attend training sessions led by our program coordinators to learn and understand ESL teaching and learning techniques
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