UVa Hospital


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 UVa Hospital. 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 UVa Hospital employees from a variety of countries on a regular, scheduled basis

General Time Requirements:

  • When? Beginning the 5th week of the semester and ending the final week, with the potential to continue in the Spring semester if starting in the Fall
  • How often? Once per week at a mutually agreed upon time and day
  • How long? One hour per session

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
  • Attend VISAS office hours to consult with program coordinators about working with your partner


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