Workplace Language Consultants (Workplace LCs)

Program Summary

Spend one hour per week helping a UVA employee with digital literacy, English language support, and conversation practice. Meet on-line or in person. 

Many UVA service employees are refugees and immigrants who have recently resettled in Charlottesville. VISAS Workplace LCs  have an opportunity to welcome these newcomers and to help them improve their English and literacy skills. Training and supervision is provided for volunteers who meet weekly with a learner. A weekly 15 minute planning and check-in meeting with WP Program staff helps each WP-LC find appropriate materials and plan for their next meeting. WP-LCs arrange a mutually convenient time that works with their employee partner. They meet together on Grounds in the Law School buildings. 

Program Outline

What do Workplace LCs do?

Workplace LCs work with recently resettled UVA service employees on their English and digital literacy skills and goals. Training and support are provided.

Time Commitment and Schedule

Total of 1.5 hours per week: 

  • 1 hour working with your workplace employee partner 
  • Weekly check-in for 15 minutes with your Program Coordinator and other volunteers for planning 
  • 15 minutes to write notes post session

Position Requirements

Advanced to superior proficiency in American English language and culture is required for this position. Otherwise, an interest in getting to know people from other cultures and to share one’s own culture is the only requirement.