Assist with English Learning
Communicating in English is the cornerstone of life in the U.S. Even if you have never taught before, you can help newcomers develop basic English language skills and the confidence to interact outside their homes.
Become a Mentor or Friend
Building an independent life begins with finding your way around. Even without the language barriers, new refugees or immigrants oftentimes need a guiding hand.
Receive SHC Support
SHConnections provides volunteers with an easy teaching method that was developed specifically for refugees and requires no prior teaching experience. Volunteers have the option to attend regular meetings and trainings to share experiences and best practices and ask for advice from their fellow tutors.
"Volunteering at SHC gives me a chance to rediscover DC through a different set of eyes and make friends with people from all over the world.”
- SARAH SIMMONS
Hiding behind the mask is Sara Sennet, an art teacher and one of SHC's most dedicated volunteers. Sara was already providing support and cultural orientation to a Syrian refugee family of five when she met SHC. She started coming to SHC tutor support meetings to gain new insights into ways to help her family. Now Sara regularly assists with our English Language Learning Classes. She maintains regular contact with her Syrian family and is thrilled to keep up on the children's school achievements.