As we prepare for the upcoming school year and a host of exciting new projects, we've done a lot of reflecting about our first year of running support groups for newcomer students. We've asked our volunteers to reflect, too, about their experiences working with our students. As a result, over the next few weeks, you'll get the chance to hear about what it's like to work with Project Libertad from the very people who make our existence possible - our wonderful volunteers!
Today, check out the first part in this series, which comes from Jillian Flanagan, a dedicated volunteer who worked with our Phoenixville Area Middle School students during the 2017-2018 school year:
"I loved volunteering with Project Libertad! Each day was jam-packed with lessons and purposeful, fun activities to go with them. The kids were always engaged and ready to learn which made volunteering even more rewarding. At the same time, I was learning Spanish, too!
While the classroom was a safe haven, time was set aside to talk about what happens outside of the classroom. It touched me to see the students open up about their struggles being immigrants. I felt like I was doing important work when I got to be a part of the current issue conversation.
Project Libertad is a fantastic and necessary organization that I will be sad to leave when I head off to college in the fall!"
--Jillian Flanagan, 2017-2018 volunteer