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Volunteer Co-Teacher: Life in Minnesota Class

The International Institute of Minnesota is looking for a volunteer co-teacher for our Life in Minnesota Class.

The Institute’s Life in Minnesota Class is an ongoing, culturally and linguistically appropriate course that provides new arrivals with an introduction to American culture. The class covers topics such as navigating the school and work systems, US laws and policies, money management, cultural adjustment and more. The class is free for clients and is a great way for them to gain a better understanding of how to navigate life in their new home.

The course takes place every Friday from 10:00am-12:00pm.

Candidate Profile:

  • Very ORGANIZED
  • Very FLEXIBLE and adaptable
  • Good cross-cultural communication skills
  • A desire to listen, talk, and learn with New Americans
  • Experience with popular education/adult education/interactive teaching  (not just lecture)
  • Immigrants and persons of color are encouraged to apply

Primary Duties:

  • Help organize and lead weekly lessons
  • Prepare lesson materials for each week
  • Schedule interpreters and guest speakers for students

Time Commitment:

  • Fridays, 9:30-12:30 (this does not include prep time)
  • This is a long-term commitment. We are looking for someone who will be available for the foreseeable future.
  • If you need to miss a class, you are responsible for coordinating with the other instructor in advance, or finding a substitute.

To Apply: 

Interested applicants should contact Anna Benker at abenker@iimn.org or 651-647-0191 x 361 to set up an introductory interview. Please provide a brief description of any past relevant experience and why you are interested in volunteering with the International Institute.

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