Utrecht needs Language volunteers

I have written before about the excellent work of Taal Doet Meer who help with language learning for non-Dutch speakers.

Their work is never ending, they are always looking for volunteers to help with their work.

Help children to a mentor!

At the moment nearly 30 children are currently at Taal Doet Meer on the waiting list for a language mentor.

Taal Doet Meer wants to link these children to a volunteer language mentor in January and calls upon Utrechters to register as a volunteer.

Then, from the new year onwards, these children can receive the help they so desperately need.

Taal Doet Meer and their volunteers ensure that new, non-native Utrecht residents can participate in the Utrecht community. Language is often an obstacle for many children in the age of 8 to 15 years. They can use good help at primary school, during the transition to high school and when doing their homework.

The message from Taal Doet Meer to Utrechters is clear:

Do not disappoint

At the moment, it is not possible to link all children who need the help of  a language mentor. Taal Doet Meer does not want to disappoint the 30 children who  are on the waiting list.

The mentors will need to be available for at least half a year and will, of course, receive training before they start.

Good to contribute

Voluntary work does not necessarily have to take up a lot of your time.

“As a mentor in the School’s cool project, I try to contribute to society by supporting a bridge class pupil in the transition from primary school to secondary education.This voluntary work can be easily combined with my private life and a full-time job. Those 1.5 hours a week can really help my first grade pupil. I have had a good childhood thanks to my parents and many opportunities. In this way, I want to help that other children also get the opportunities I have have been given. “

says volunteer Pieter-Paul.

So Sign Up

Potential volunteers who are interested in getting started as a language mentor can contact Taal Doet Meer at jeugd@taaldoetmeer.nl or telephone on 030-2947594.

More information about Taal Doet Meer and the various projects Taal Doet Meer offers can be found on www.taaldoetmeer.nl.

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Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins is Welsh and lives in England. He is a writer. A Europhile and Remainer, he is a regular visitor to Utrecht and has set his crime novel series in the city.

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