My favorite Volunteer AND Lifelong-Learning activity in Charlottesville is my work as a FISH Mentor/Tutor with ESL (English as a Second Language) students at a nearby elementary school.
I am learning so much about other languages, countries, cultures, and customs. Of course I am helping these students learn how to read, write, and converse in English, but I am sure that this social activity is helping ME become a more informed global citizen at the same time.
Needless to say, spending time with young people is part of a healthy and active lifestyle – more exercise at times than a trip to the gym!
… Adding a piece to the puzzle is research conducted about AARP Experience Corps, a nonprofit enterprise run by AARP that brings people age 50 and over into elementary schools. The project started in five cities in 1995 and has since expanded to 20 metropolitan areas. And in a series of studies, volunteers found physical benefits from getting to and from school, as well as cognitive gains from interacting with children.
Thanks, JABA, for this opportunity!
More information: JV FISH