Global Service Corps (GSC) is a 501(c)(3) international service-learning organization that has been serving disadvantaged people since 1993 and is now serving Ukrainian refugees through the Ukraine Refugee Support Service-Learning Program.
Like probably you, we were appalled during the early days of the Russian invasion and decided to help Ukrainians and especially refugees deal with their war-induced trauma. Reaching out to Ukrainian NGOs, we learned refugees want help finding employment by improving their English to plan for the future, which benefits their mental health.
In April 2022, GSC launched an eight-week English-speaking club program with the assistance of our partner NGO TESOL-Ukraine, an international English training association. This program was very popular with US and Ukrainian facilitators and participants and was instrumental in building support, warm-hearted friendships, and expanded community. We were greatly impressed with the friendliness, resilience and brave resistance of Ukrainians during these trying times.
We recognized that many more Ukrainians want to improve their English and need to know they are being supported. The English-speaking club program is now expanding to include Conversation Clubs and Drop-in Cafes during various times and days of the week. We wish to employ part-time both a US and Ukrainian intern to assist us in further developing and promoting this program through social media and other means.
Global Service Corps is raising funds to support this program to provide these services to increasing numbers of Ukrainian refugees.