Teaching Assistant Volunteer

Name of agency and statement of purpose: The Karen Organization of Minnesota’s (KOM) mission is to enhance the quality of life for Karen and other refugees from Burma in Minnesota by assisting refugees to settle, integrate and become increasingly self-sufficient while fostering cultural knowledge and understanding.

Purpose/objective: The Teaching Assistant Volunteer will assist in the classroom of the Interpreter Training Program This program is offered by KOM in partnership with Century College, Weaving Cultures, and Roseville Adult Learning Center. Participants in the program are pursuing training to work as spoken language interpreters and may complete 1, 2 or 3 levels of training. Participants in the program speak a variety of languages in addition to English, including, Karen, Burmese, Karenni, Arabic, Somali, Spanish, and French. The teaching assistant will be in the classroom for Level 1 of the program.

*Due to COVID-19, our program will be online. We will especially need volunteers to help provide virtual tech support and tutoring for our students as they navigate the class.* 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist students with coursework during class individually and in small groups as needed
  • Facilitate large group discussions from time-to-time
  • Help students with the use of classroom technology (i.e. Google Classroom and D2L)

Time commitment: Available at least once per week and commit to assisting for at least 3 – 4 sessions. Class sessions are every Tuesday 6:00 – 8:30pm, and some Thursdays 6:00 – 8:30pm from May 19th, 2020 to July 16th, 2020.

Location: Roseville Adult Learning Center (in the Fairview Community Center building) 1910 County B Rd W, Roseville, MN 55113. Remote volunteer support needed due to COVID-19

Qualifications: Some experience leading or helping in a classroom setting, and a general knowledge of classroom technologies. Experience using Google Classroom and/or D2L is preferred but not required. Interest in linguistics, language studies, and/or translation and interpreting are a plus.

Benefits: This position offers an excellent opportunity to learn about translation and interpreting while gaining informal teaching experience. The teaching assistant will also improve their skills using classroom technologies and gain understanding of the ethical complexities of interpreting.

How to apply/contact: Please complete KOM’s online Volunteer Application or contact Suzanne Olive to receive a paper application. Volunteers will attend a meeting to discuss their interest in being a teaching assistant volunteer and be subject to a background check.

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