Before coming to the Scalabrini Centre, Ryan had experience working with children with behavioural issues in an educational setting, but this would be his first time teaching adults. He spent six months volunteering at the Scalabrini English School. This was his experience.
“My six months in the Scalabrini English School has allowed me to grow as a person and as a professional. The people that I have met and worked with have driven me to exceed my own expectation of myself. The mentoring I have received has been invaluable in my development as a person, a professional and as a teacher. My experiences have enabled me to think in creative ways to better help the clients at Scalabrini learn English. One of my biggest lessons has been how to implement a system where it continues to function in a high turnover system.
“My six months in the Scalabrini English School has allowed me to grow as a person and as a professional. The people that I have met and worked with have driven me to exceed my own expectation of myself. The mentoring I have received has been invaluable in my development as a person, a professional and as a teacher”
As time went on, my responsibilities increased. I started by keeping record of the class registers and assisting in some classes. By the end of my time, I was stepping in to teach classes where the teachers could not attend and running my own class. I was also assigned the duty of creating, scheduling and organising our enrichment workshop for our clients.
I developed three workshops. A dating workshop where clients discussed the cultural differences when it comes to dating, a workshop on friendship in different cultures and a history of South Africa workshop, focusing mainly on Apartheid. I worked closely with other departments to coordinate extra opportunities for clients to learn about different subjects. I worked with an individual who facilitated a health workshop for our clients where he educated them about HIV, AIDS and safe sex practises. I also coordinated an Advocacy workshop in which one of our staff members educated our clients about detention, deportation and answered any questions about papers.
Our team has grown close over the past six months. We have all moulded into our roles and developed a chemistry which makes our program run at a maximum efficiency. One element that has allowed our program to function smoothly is having a full time staff member who can teach and complete administrative work. Our program becomes extremely busy at certain times of the term.
In conclusion, the time I have spent at this organisation has influenced me the most in my life. I would recommend Scalabrini to anyone who is looking for an experience that will enrich their humanity and broaden their view of the world.“