Minimum Commitment: 4 months
Hours: 2 hours per week
The IRC in Abilene works dilligently with refugee families upon arrival to help them learn US customs and culture as well as systems in the US that are new to refugee clients. Often times, it can be difficult for refugee clients to learn US culture in a classroom setting. Through mentorships, IRC clients are able to have a friend to help them learn things like English, US culture, how to shop at US grocery stores, etc. Mentoring a refugee family is a great opportunity for cultural exchange for both the mentor and mentee. Mentors will be expected to spend a minumum of 2 hours with their refugee family every week/two weeks. The mentor period lasts anywhere form 4-6 months.
Ready to start?
To become a volunteer, you will be asked to fill out an application, complete a background check and attend an orientation. Volunteers must be 18 years-old or older.
For more information, please contact Jen Rogers by phone at 325 675 5643 or by email jen.rogers [at] rescue.org (subject: Family%20Mentor%20Interest) .
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