TIME COMMITMENT: 2 days per week or more, 9 am-5 pm, for a minimum of 3 months
BACKGROUND: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. At work in over 40 countries and 25 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity, and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home.
SCOPE OF WORK: The Adult Education Intern assists newly arrived refugee clients in a multi-level and culturally diverse English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESL) classroom to gain English literacy and comprehension skills. This intern will also assist in supporting logistics for cultural orientation classes, where newly arrived refugee clients gain an understanding of community resources and expectations for the resettlement period.
• Assist with record-keeping, data entry, and file maintenance to support ESOL program administration, among other tasks.
• Arrange for interpretation as needed to answer student inquiries.
• Assist in preparing educational materials as requested by instructor.
• Assist instructor in daily classroom activities including one on one tutoring and leading small groups, and serving as substitute instructor as needed.
• Assist in administering end-of-term student language assessments and surveys.
• Provide monthly logistical assistance for CO classes, including setting up the physical classroom space, preparing materials, ordering lunch, and helping with documentation, among other tasks.
• Contact clients to provide reminders prior to each CO class.
• For each training complete assessment forms with each client to assess their understanding of cultural orientation content.
• Facilitate CO classes in one-on-one and group settings as needed in English or other languages with interpreters.
• Students will learn about refugee resettlement and refugee social services.
• Students will develop administrative and teaching skills.
• Students will learn how to interact with multicultural and limited English-speaking clients.
• Undergraduate or graduate studies in education, humanities, social sciences, international relations or a related field.
• Must convey confidence, have effective communication skills and exhibit excellent attention to detail.
• Desired languages but not required: Spanish, French, Arabic, Dari/Farsi, Pashto, or Kiswahili.
• Strong desire to help refugees rebuild their lives in New Jersey.
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a multicultural environment.
• Patience, understanding, flexibility, and an unceasingly positive attitude.
• Willing to learn about IRC history, philosophy, global work, and local efforts.
• Willing to adhere to IRC volunteer and workplace policies.
This position reports to the Adult Education Coordinator. Click here to apply.
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