Volunteer Tutor Testimonials
"Having been introduced to the differences and similarities of varied cultures has been a wonderful life experience and I’ve gained more from my participation than I ever imagined."
"Read to Learn provides a wonderful opportunity for students and tutors to teach each other. Reading, writing, pronunciation, customs, traditions…so much shared learning is nurtured and encouraged under the Read to Learn umbrella."
"I enjoy getting to know each student and creating new ideas to bring out the best in my students. I am so proud of their accomplishments."
"This is a very worth while program. I’m glad I’m part of it."
"I’m pleased to give back to my community, and to know I’m helping someone to improve their life."
"I have seen my student gain vocabulary, understand more English, and feel more confident about reading. She’s making progress and that is satisfying."
"I have found the Read To Learn program to be quite beneficial and rewarding to all. It is meaningful to help others experience English practice with reading, writing, and conversation with real life situations."
"I really need to feel like I am doing something useful and that I contribute. Read To Learn does that for me."
"I really enjoy volunteering for Read To Learn. It humbles me to see the struggles my students have each day in their attempts at learning."
"I love being a role model and teacher! I love making an impact on each student I tutor!"
"I have learned so much from my students in Read To Learn."
"I know I am making a difference in building confidence and English skills in my students."
"I am happy to be a literacy tutor and it is a rewarding experience."
"I have learned as much from my students as they have learned from me."
"It is rewarding to watch the student progress in their understanding of English."
"I enjoy meeting the students from many different countries. I am inspired by how hard many of them work at writing and the English language."
"I truly enjoy working with Victoria and I feel I’m actually making a difference in her life."
"I have been a tutor in the RTL program for several semesters now. I feel good knowing that I am helping someone who wants to improve themselves. I enjoy learning about what life is like in the other parts of the world."
"I have thoroughly enjoyed being a tutor and have developed a wonderful friendship with my Japanese student. As an immigrant myself, I know the difficulties of settling in a new society and so I tried to give what support I could."
"I have learned so much about other countries and cultures. The students give as much to me as I have given to them."
This project was made possible by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library (ISL), a Division of the Office of Secretary of State, using state funds designated for literacy. Approximately 24% of the cost of this program is covered by federal funds in the amount of $32,910.