We believe cross-cultural connection is extremely important in building a better MetroWest for all. See below for many wonderful opportunities:
Become a volunteer ESL teacher or one-on-one tutor
Help us host a party for one of our ESL classes
Host one of our ESL classes at your business for a field trip
Serve on our board
For Parishes and Organizations:
Become a partner parish, sharing your resources to help build a better MetroWest
Set up an ESL class at your parish, with consulting provided
Partner with us for an immigration advocacy workshop
Request a speaker for your outreach meeting, adult forum, or Sunday service
This program is on hiatus for the 2019-2020 school year. Contact us for more information.
Português Plus (for children)
Português Plus is a Portuguese language and Brazilian heritage program for children ages 5-14. Our goal is to support the proliferation of language and culture in families. At a glance:
Classes meet from 10am-12pm on Saturdays, with locations in both Framingham and Marlborough, MA
Our program follows the academic calendar, running from September to June
Portuguese classes focusing on Brazilian culture and geography, with art, music, crafts, folklore, and drama
Curriculum developed in consultation with experts from the University of Massachusetts
All teachers are professionals who hold college degrees from Brazil and are trained in First Aid, CPR, and the prevention of child abuse
Parent participation and involvement
$55 per month, with discounted rates for families with multiple children enrolled and scholarships for those who qualify for free or reduced lunch
English Plus (ESL for adults)
We offer classes for different levels of language proficiency, all focusing on the skills needed in everyday life: meeting new people, medical issues, money, driving, and much more. Our highly affordable classes are taught by volunteers who are native English speakers. We use an award-winning, dynamic curriculum called Intercambio. Students are given a short test during the registration process to ensure that they are placed in the class that is right for them.
Our affordable ESL classes go beyond learning English - we focus on cross-cultural social interaction that strengthens communities. We achieve this goal through field trips and parties that bring native and non-native English speakers together.
Immigrant Rights and Advocacy
We have partnered with agencies such as MetroWest Legal Services to bring clinics on the following topics:
Know Your Rights for Immigrants
The US Public Educational System
Mental Health Care
The US Healthcare System
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