March 24, 2016
Jessica- Hillside Intern
Some of our interns have been loving their city by serving as English tutors. Intern Jessica shares about her experience partnering with YWAM as a tutor.
â€œToday is my last meeting with my student through YWAM Richmondâ€™s English learning program. For the past few months I have been meeting a few times a week with a delightful Brazilian woman, named Ana.
â€œAt first I was nervous about being someoneâ€™s teacher when they had come to America, specifically to learn English. I was worried I would teach her something wrong or not have all the answers to her questions. And I probably did do many things wrong, and used Google almost every time we met.
â€œBut the difference in her language skills between when we first started and now is amazing to see. The moments when I was able to effectively describe a difficult concept, like how to make the â€˜wâ€™ sound, were real victories. Or the times when Ana asked a question that led to us both to learn something new about the English language. These were the rewarding moments.
â€œThrough this experience, I gained a lot of knowledge about teaching, but I also gained a friend. Despite the slight language barrier, Ana and I have had some of the best conversations. I think there is something about being friends with someone from a different culture that makes you more able to be vulnerable and share real things. Our lessons became less about grammar and tenses, and more about our stories.
â€œWe talked about everything from her life in Brazil with her husband and my life here, to her photography business and dreams for that, to God and how being a Christian changes the way we live. Because Ana is about ten years older than me, I asked her for advice all the time and she knows about some of the most important things going on in my life. I am grateful to have been able to teach this amazing woman and grow closer to her over these months. I pray that Ana is able to go on to do the things she dreams of, and that she will make an impact on refugees in Brazil.â€
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