Language coach: Fun, Captivating and meaningful voluntary work
The world is full of language. Written texts we find all around us. These days, many things are done over the internet. But what if someone has trouble understanding it all, or if the language is too difficult? Or if you come from another country? You made the choice to leave your country and come to live in The Netherlands, but what if you don't speak Dutch properly?
Your task as a language coach is to help people who want to speak, read or write the Dutch language better.
You may choose to help a non-Dutch native speaker who already speaks a little Dutch, but still want to learn a lot more. This may also concern specific modules of the integration exam. One of the fun aspects is the individual contact. In an informal setting talking with one another about everyday subjects. You don't teach, but you coach.
You may also choose to help low-literate Dutchmen in reading and writing. Did you know that 1 in 9 of the Dutch population is low literate?
What we ask of the language coach?
- Foreigners helping with the Dutch language in an informal way
- Low literates helping with reading and writing
- Interest in the target groups and interest in other cultures
- Adequate knowledge of the Dutch language
- Patience with someone to learn something
- About two hours a week (to schedule at one's own discretion)
- Meaningful and engaging voluntary work
- A fun and educational way to get to know people from other cultures
Support and training
- A general information package
- Teaching materials and support of a language advisor
- Weekly digital learning material
- Periodic training sessions
- Basic course language volunteer from the Foundation "Lezen en Schrijven"
Are you interested to become a language coach, please contact Wereldbuur in Amstelveen or Aalsmeer.
"Language coaching is a gift for both of us."
Chantal Becker (38) works as a cabin crew member and flies all over the world. After the birth of her daughter, Isa (4), Chantal began to work less hours. At a certain point, however, she felt the need for more fulfilment in her life and started to look for something that would allow her to help others: something that would provide her with the sense of purpose she desired. After reading an advert in the Nieuwe Meerbode newspaper, she found her way to the Wereldbuur Aalsmeer language coaching project. For the last couple of months, Chantal has formed part of a language couple with Zoya Abbasi (42) from Iran.
Chantal: “For me, those two hours a week are really ‘Zoya time’. I usually let her decide what we are going to do, whether it’s practising for a test, just chatting, shopping together or visiting the town centre. We talk about anything and everything. I learn a lot from Zoya. She has told me many things about her country, for example. So, when I now visit Teheran for work, I look at it in a totally different way than before. Zoya also teaches me what it is like to build a life for yourself in a foreign country, where you don’t speak the language and your family and friends are far away. Yes, Zoya has opened up a whole new world to me, for which I’m very grateful.”
While Chantal tells her story, Zoya sits smiling. “You tell them,” she says to Chantal. Zoya is a little shy and nervous about making mistakes when speaking Dutch, but this is gradually changing. She says: “Because of the language coaching project, I now dare to speak more and have gained greater confidence. I’m also less sad. I’m alone almost all of the time. Apart from my husband, I don’t know anybody in Aalsmeer. It’s really nice to now have contact with a Dutch person.”
Zoya has been in the Netherlands for about 18 months. In Iran, she was a senior nurse in Teheran hospital’s neonatal care department. With pride, she shows that her diploma is accorded international recognition. In the longer term, this will help boost her career prospects in the Netherlands. However, she first needs to pass her integration exam. Together with Chantal, she is working hard to accomplish this.
Chantal: “I would never have thought that those two hours a week would make such a difference to Zoya. It is great to see how cheerful our conversations make her. That in turn makes me happy. It shows that
the language coaching project is truly a gift for both of us.”