During conversation practice with someone who belonged to the Ethiopian Coptic community I learned that they don't eat turkeys! I don't know why that surprised me and stuck with me, but I enjoyed that personal connection.
And that's why I volunteer - to engage with my community in ways that I would not normally have access to. I wanted to volunteer at an MLC program in my neighborhood for this reason - my personal ties and investment in my specific locale. Yes, I am working to help non-native speakers learn English, but I am learning too, every session.
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