Letters | Sunday, 12 April 2009

Voluntary work at Open Centres

I am writing to clear up any misunderstanding with regards English tuition projects that are currently underway at two open centres in Malta. The Malta Red Cross together with volunteers from Luther and Concordia colleges (USA) along with volunteers from the Malta University Social Work department have been teaching English at the Marsa and Hal Far tent village open centres since February 2009.
This project takes place on an annual basis between Feb-May and has been running for three years now with lessons taking place once a week. The course involves 12-14 teachers working simultaneously in order to enable greater individual attention to those attending. The number of attendees is running at 35-50 persons each lesson.
This year the Luther Professor Ms Deborah Norland who is accompanying the American volunteers had also raised funds in order to purchase $3,000 worth of teaching materials. These materials were sent prior to the volunteer’s arrival and will remain in Malta to enable other teaching projects to take place.
The courses are well attended and enable those attending as well as those teaching, to feel a sense of learning and interaction with people from different cultures and who are of a similar age group.
The Malta Red Cross run similar English Teaching sessions (as well as other projects, i.e. Xmas parties in detention camps etc.) in a variety of settings where the most vulnerable members of society especially those at risk of social exclusion are residing.
This is only possible with the help of our volunteers who most generously give of their free time. These volunteers include the Luther Concordia College, The Malta University students and the Malta Medical Students Association.
A big thank you to all involved without whose assistance these projects would not be possible.

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