“We are Daniel and Laura. We came together from Colombia to study Masters programmes at the University of Canterbury. In 2018, we attended the “Volunteer Week” event at UC and we found out about the English Language Partners Christchurch Home Tutor programme. In the beginning, we thought that we were not suitable, since English is not our first language. However Sheryl encouraged us to apply, explaining that beyond the language, there are other key features such as respect, partnership, diversity and cooperation, which are essential to help migrants and former refugees in their settlement process.
We wanted to volunteer with this programme, because from our own experience we are able to identify the challenges of living in a new country and by working together, they will see their resettlement as an achievable aim.
Additionally, volunteering is a twofold objective which benefits the learners as much as the tutors in embracing new ways to understand the world as a place with plenty of room for everyone!”
If you are interested in volunteering with English Language Partners, visit our Volunteer page for more information.