A great and terrible thing is that TNKR has 70 North Korean refugees on the waiting list to get into our program.
The good news is that our program is in demand. Every day we have refugees asking us when they can join the program. Refugees already in the program are asking us when they can join again (after their tutors have returned to their native countries).
The bad news is that it is hard to meet the demand because we can only accept refugees into the program based on the number of available volunteer tutors.
Who is on the waiting list? I asked TNKR National Director Eunkoo Lee to give me a few cases:
* One refugee who contacted us says he has an opportunity to study overseas but needs to improve his English.
* Two refugee dancers have opportunities to perform internationally, but they need English so they can answer basic questions.
* Two refugees who are singers are on our waiting list, they hope to improve their English so they can introduce themselves properly.
* A couple of refugees say they can’t graduate yet until they can score at a certain level of English.
* A housewife finally has time to study, but we aren’t sure when we can let her into the program, and we worry that when we can accept her into the program that she won’t have time to study.
* A couple of refugees with children hope they can improve their English to speak it with their children. Their children are all getting support to help them learn English, but there are few opportunities for adults.
* Several NK refugees have come to us asking if they can study English during the summer.
If you or anyone you know would be interested in tutoring, please let them know about our emergency Teacher Recruitment session this weekend.
We need a few more tutors to sign up to help refugees waiting for their opportunity to study 1:1.
Apply here: http://teachnorthkoreanrefugees.org/volunteer/
Minimum 3 month commitment, twice a month.