A Testimonial from a Volunteer
My experience with PIRS as an ESL Teacher Assistant has been a life enriching experience. The volunteer program has enabled me to complete the required volunteer hours for the Social Service Worker Program at Langara College, and has allowed me to connect with an inspiring network of women. I came to PIRS with no teaching experience and was welcomed to the classroom by both the teacher and students. I felt embraced and knew immediately that I would learn just as much as the students during my time volunteering.
The classroom atmosphere is warm, nurturing, and I am comfortable being a part of the teaching team. In the classroom, Phyllis and Irene teach the students how to be “Canadian”, giving them the confidence to perform everyday tasks. The lessons combined with field trips create a safe space for the students to practice their English, learn “Canadian” norms and allowing Vancouver to feel more like home.
The ELSA teacher, Phyllis, has been essential to my experience and I could not thank her enough. She is such an inspiration to me. She cares so much about her students and is consistently striving to ensure that everyone succeeds.
PIRS connects volunteers and staff by email to various workshops and events, showing their dedication to providing continual learning opportunities to their volunteers and staff. I truly appreciate their help and guidance during my volunteer term. I have made a connection with a network of strong women that I hope to continue beyond my volunteer term.
~Kelly Burns, ESL Teacher’s Assistant for ELSA Program at Mt. Pleasant Neighbourhood House