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Refugee Friendship Partner, World Relief, Wheaton, Illinois

Organization: World Relief
Contact Name: Jamie Daling
Position Type: Local Volunteering (in person)
Address: 1825 College Ave Suite 230
Wheaton, Illinois  60187  
United States
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Service Area(s): Tutoring, Language Instruction / ESL, Immigrants and Refugees, Education, Directly Serving People, Arts and Humanities, Adult Ministry, Accounting / Finance
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2.0 per: Week
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Mission: To help a new refugee adapt and adjust to American life by providing friendship, advice and companionship. Time Commitment: Two hours a week for at least six months Location: Friendship Partners meet on a regular basis in the refugee's home. Special outings are encouraged to such places as the library, park, museum, post office, church, and even perhaps Chicago! Responsibilities: - Be a 'cultural broker' for your refugee partner - Answer questions from your refugee partner about American life - Help refugee with conversational English (they will also go to ESL class and perhaps may have an in-home tutor) - Learn about your refugee partner's culture and background - Promote self-sufficiency for your refugee family - Notify World Relief staff of questions and concerns - Encourage others to volunteer with World Relief Procedure: - Fill out volunteer application - Meet with the volunteer coordinator for orientation and interview - Attend Cross-Cultural and Refugee Issues Training during your first 2 months of volunteering (held once a month) - Meet refugee partner with WR staff on the first visit - Commit to weekly meetings with refugee partner Requirements: - Agreement with World Relief's mission, policies, and procedures - Desire to learn and grow from volunteer experience - Active listening skills - Ability to deal with occasional misunderstandings with refugee partner
Initially Posted: 03/11/2009
Last Updated: 09/19/2016