Tutoring English as a Second Language at Seattle Central Community College
I started volunteering at Seattle Central Community College through a service-learning linked Anthropology 101 course. I met such hardworking, inspiring individuals, and had a wonderful time! Sadly, I will not be able to continue tutoring during Winter Quarter, due to my busy schedule. I am hoping to return in the Spring! To those of you interested in gaining experience tutoring (for English Language Learners) and/or working in a diverse environment, I recommend this Service-Learning program! I have learned a lot about different cultures, religions, and perspectives during my time here and I am sure you will, too! :)
This is me with one of my students, Amina Hasen. Amina is a 34-year-old woman from Ethiopia. She moved to the United States four years ago and has been taking ESL classes at Seattle Central Community College to improve her English literacy. Amina has been a wonderful student. She is always cheerful and puts her best effort into improving. English is not an easy language to learn, but she improves tremendously each week. I am grateful I had the opportunity to tutor such a wonderful and hardworking student.
Directly to the left: Lem Lem is another Ethiopian student I tutored! She has a son she supports while spending her mornings as a maintenance worker at Swedish hospital. Lem Lem has been taking English three times a week, in addition to working full-time, to achieve her dreams of working as a nurse.
*I heard about this Service-Learning project through my Anthropology 101 class. I was already planning to volunteer for an organization that encouraged literacy and/or equal education, so this opportunity seemed like a perfect fit for me! My professor offered to give credit for any Service-Learning volunteers who wrote journal entries based on their experiences and their anthropological observations. I included below the entries that I turned into Professor Perez.*