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Afterschool Language and Culture Program

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The goal of the Afterschool Language and Culture Program is to expose K-12 students to a wide array of cultures and languages in an effort to foster cross-cultural understanding and inspire them to study foreign languages.

Seeking Volunteers:

Do you speak a Southeast Asian or South Asian language? Do you like to have fun? Teach a language and share culture with school children in the Afterschool Language Program with support from the Cornell Southeast Asia Program (SEAP).

We are currently looking for Cornell students, staff, or faculty volunteers to teach Southeast Asian and South Asian languages in local afterschool programs. Classes are generally held in the late afternoon one day a week for six weeks. Students learn vocabulary along with cultural traditions through engaging activities such as games, crafts, cooking, and dancing. SEAP has both Southeast Asian and South Asian resources in our lending library for help preparing lessons. The preparation time for volunteer teachers should be no more than one hour a week—we are here to help you! The Cornell Public Service Center will offer brief training sessions and sample curriculums for volunteers, and SEAP can provide culture kits (arts and crafts activities, textiles, books and printed materials, musical items, etc.) to assist your teaching.

Currently, there are ten volunteer students signed up, and one of our volunteers started teaching Hindi at Beverly J. Martin Elementary School recently. We are looking forward to having more volunteers teaching languages in after school programs starting from spring semester.  

If you would like to sign up to volunteer for this program or if you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact SEAP Outreach Assistant Akida Aierken at aa2353@cornell.edu

Seeking Schools:

We are looking for K-12 school parnters for our afterschool language and culture program. Currently, our program is running at Beverly J. Martin Elementary School, Greater Ithaca Activities Center, and Cayuga Heights Elementary School. If you are interested in having language volunteers for your afterschool or enrichment programs, and if you have any time restrictions as to when you want to have a match come in, please do not hesitate to contact SEAP Outreach Coordinator, Brenna Fitzgerald at bef7@cornell.edu.

Seeking Feedback:

If you have participated in our Afterschool Language and Culture Program as a volunteer teacher, school, or parent, please fill out the appropriate survey below. Your feedback is much appreciated.

Afterschool Language and Culture Program Parent Survey

Afterschool Language and Culture Program Teacher (Volunteer) Survey

Afterschool Language and Culture Program School Staff Survey

If you’d like to develop an afterschool language and culture program in your school, please see this article on EdWeek blog.