Volunteer Spotlight | UMCM Suncoast

Volunteer Spotlight

Meet Alyssa

UMCM relies on volunteers in all of our programs to help people in need successfully change their lives for the better! One such volunteer tutoring in the Citizenship program is Alyssa. A recent graduate from the University of Cincinnati, Alyssa moved to the Tampa Bay area to join her family. She explored the possibility of teaching overseas and began volunteering with UMCM in May 2017 to satisfy the requirements of her online teaching certificate.

Alyssa quickly completed the 20-hour requirement for the TEFL certification. She says she continued volunteering after meeting the requisite hours for two reasons: to gain experience and to keep helping people!

It was important to Alyssa to continue practicing before shipping out to teach English as a Foreign Language. And what better place to hone her teaching skills than UMCM’s Suncoast Citizenship Project, a program replete with opportunities for every level of volunteer tutors?

Beyond the skill-building, Alyssa found she most enjoyed the connection with her students, “I love hearing their life stories.” She went on to say, “I like people. I got my degree because I wanted to help people!”

We’re so grateful to have Alyssa as a volunteer. Her hard work, creativity, and kindness have made a big impact on the many students she has touched in a short time. And more volunteers are needed to help people who are isolated by language barriers and who are more vulnerable.

Are you interested in volunteering with UMCM’s Citizenship or ESL programs? Here is what you need to know:

  • Training and curriculum is provided – no experience necessary!
  • Orientations are every other month; the next is on Thursday, 9/7, from 6pm to 8pm, at our Largo office
  • New volunteers must complete an application prior to the orientation
  • 3 month commitment
  • Speaking another language is not needed – we are English immersion.

Go to umcmsuncoast.org/volunteer or contact Lauren Wolf for more information at 727-754-3927 or volunteers@umcmsuncoast.org