Service Learning Reflection
For this semester I volunteered at Volunteers of America (VOA). This organization is based on helping immigrants learn English. I really enjoyed the time I spent at VOA. I believe this was a better fit for me this semester than where I was last semester.
Although volunteering there was tough, I believe it was a good experience. I found it difficult at times because the people I was helping knew very limited English and it was hard to communicate. I believe both myself, and those I helped learned to have a lot more patience which is always a good thing. Another reason I have a more positive view of VOA is because the people that come there want to be there and want to learn. They are not forced to be there so you know when they want your help it’s because they truly want it and want to learn. I could also connect with them because I am currently learning another language and I know how difficult and frustrating it can be when you don’t understand. It is inspiring to see them stick to wanting to learn. Working with and seeing the same people from week to week allowed me to get to know some of those who attend the program at VOA.
I would recommend anyone who is looking to volunteer to go to VOA. It is a great place to volunteer and they make it very and easy and comfortable to do so. The class I worked with had about 20 students and only one teacher. When I would go and volunteer not only were the students very appreciative but also the teacher because she was the only one. I would like to return after the summer and see how the students I have worked with progressed. I would really like to see them to be able to speak fluent English so they can fully interact in everyday life living in America.