A Nurse’s Courage to Begin Again
Yolande spoke little English when she arrived from Cameroon earlier this year. Leaving behind everything she knew – her nursing degree, her friends and her family – Yolande moved to Minnesota. She dreamed of a place where she could find stable work, support herself, learn to speak English, and give back to the community.
By word of mouth, Yolande found the International Institute of Minnesota (IIMN). She quickly signed up for a beginning, online English class three times per week. Soon, she added a conversation class.
“When I arrive here, I don’t talk in English – impossible,” Yolande says.
Nearly one year later, with the bravery required to start an entirely new life, Yolande has jumped two levels in her English class, completed Dietary Aide job training, and continues to show up to IIMN four days a week to practice English.
“The first time I came here, I say, ‘The people is very kind!”
“At the Institute, the teacher is very patient with the student,” she says, adding that she feels welcomed and safe here. “The teacher is professional. You see the teacher likes to give the lesson. So I like to come here.”
With help from individuals like you, Yolande can gain essential skills as she builds a life in Minnesota.