Volunteer teachers in Floris UMC’s English as a Second Language (ESL) Ministry often cite that what excites them about this ministry are 1) the enthusiasm of the students, 2) knowing that the teacher was making a difference in the lives of our immigrant community, 3) interacting with students who were so appreciative and grateful for the help, and 4) seeing how learning English put a smile on students’ faces.

You, too, have an opportunity to share in this ministry! For you, the ESL Ministry may be a great way to experience what over 50 volunteer teachers, assistant teachers, substitutes, principals, and registration and hospitality volunteers have found to be a personally rewarding way to share their time and talents in serving others to truly “make a difference”. Teens are especially welcome to participate. Teens who have served as assistant teachers in the past have brought their enthusiasm and caring concern for others and found it a rewarding experience. Read about Sean’s experience here:

My name is Sean and I am a 16 year old sophomore at South Lakes High School which I transferred to this year and really enjoy. I currently take Spanish 3 but am still really working on the basics of the Spanish language. I love helping people through Floris United Methodist Church and their ESL (English as a Second Language) Ministry was another serve opportunity that I became interested in after hearing so many positive things about it. With my mom’s encouragement and support, I began to take part in this serve opportunity this past fall as an assistant teacher.

I enjoyed this ministry tremendously and want people to understand this isn’t just teaching but also about making relationships with the students in your class and your fellow teachers. I had the fortunate opportunity to meet people from several different countries such as El Salvador, Vietnam, and Ethiopia. Since this was a Level 3 class and they had some English skills they were trying to improve upon, they were able to share their traditions with us and as we taught them the English language we were able to teach them a little bit about American traditional holidays. The students’ progress through the ten weeks as we worked with them was inspiring to me as an assistant teacher. Anyone that is willing to put a little time in for these wonderful people should absolutely not hesitate- you will get plenty in return for your efforts. This experience was motivating, fun and a wonderful way to serve God! I am looking forward to going back to assist with ESL for the next session.

Experience the satisfaction of helping others. Join our teacher Prayer Circle before each class. Share the fun and refreshments at our evening break. If you think you might be interested in being a part of this ministry, please contact the ESL Ministry Coordinator at robertjmilne@cox.netor 703-264-1928. We’ll provide orientation and training to help you be successful.

Robert J. Milne

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