Submitted by Liz Bean, Coordinator of Volunteer Services
The ICA Pen Pal Program matched 14 individual English language learners in an ICA intermediate level English language class with ICA community volunteers. The Pen Pals exchanged letters over a 3-month period, between February and May 2016. Through their letters, they shared the rich experiences of their lives and cultures.
The Pen Pals met one another for the first time at a potluck which included a wonderful spread of dishes representing different cultures. It was a festive atmosphere as the Pen Pals were given the fun exercise of figuring out who their Pen Pal was.
Here’s what some of the English language learners had to say about their experience:
“I was excited to meet my Pen Pal. I liked talking to her at the potluck. She is very kind and lovely.”
“I really like writing letters to my Pen Pal because I can practice my writing and know more about Canadian Culture.”
“We shared a beautiful moment with the Pen Pals and tasted different kinds of food.”
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 Liz Bean, Coordinator of Volunteer Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-388-4728 ext 114
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