Submitted by Liz Bean, Volunteer Services Coordinator
The ICA Pen Pal program matched 17 individual newcomer students enrolled in an ICA intermediate level English language class with ICA volunteers from the community. The Pen Pals exchanged letters over a 3-month period, between February and May 2015. The program afforded the Pen Pals the chance to participate in cultural exchange, and in particular, provided newcomer English language learners the opportunity to practice their writing skills. The letters are handwritten which makes the experience much more personal.
The Pen Pals met one another for the first time on April 28, 2015 at a fun and festive event. Though the program has come to a close, many of the Pals found that they share similar interests and plan to keep in touch.
If you would like more information about becoming a volunteer for an ICA program, please contact Coordinator of Volunteer Services Liz Bean at firstname.lastname@example.org.