- Do you ever wonder what you can do to help someone? Provo Community Schools' department of English as a second language is seeking volunteers to help teach English to legalized aliens in the northern part of the county.
Provo Community Schools in conjunction with the Utah County Multi-Cultural Center provide English classes for legalized aliens to assist them in learning English as a second language.The classes have been offered to Southeast Asians for the past 8-10 years. More than three months ago, classes were made available to Latins. Volunteers donate their time to help teach survival English.
Robin Moss, a Brigham Young University student from Ririe, Idaho, volunteers to tutor English once a week. She says that helping the legalized aliens brings her a feeling of satisfaction. "I know what I teach them will help them be able to have a better life," she said.
Guy Berryessa, volunteer coordinator of the department of English as a Second Language, said volunteers do not need to have any prior experience to help teach English. He said the only prerequisite to be a volunteer is to have an interest and a desire to help people.
Volunteers in the program will spend two hours once a week. Those interested in tutoring are needed to work an hour twice a week. Classes are usually taught Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Helpers are needed to teach in Heber, Lehi, Orem, Pleasant Grove and Provo.
A two-day training session well be held March 17-18.
Another community volunteer opportunity includes donating furniture, clothing and toys to Southeast Asian and Latin families that are new to Utah County.
For more information on these service opportunities, call the United Way Volunteer Center at 374-8108.