Mastery of English helped Ukrainians connect with other countries, the organization said. "Today, our connections fight Russia’s attempts to isolate and destroy Ukraine," it added. In the future, those connections would be important for Ukraine's reconstruction, ENGin said.
Volunteers must be at least 14 years old and willing to tutor a minimum of one hour a week for 10-12 weeks. Volunteers must not be working from Russian territory or support Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the ENGin website stressed. Tutors are not required to speak Ukrainian. Applications can be made online.
Videos for preparing volunteers can be found on ENGin's YouTube channel.
In a video on the organization’s Facebook page, Katerina Manoff, the Harvard-educated founder and president of ENGin, recalled coming to the United States from Ukraine just before reaching the age of eight. "I grew up outside New York City and obviously had to learn English. It wasn’t my first language, so I have that experience that I think shaped my interest in helping others learn foreign languages," she said.
Free lessons in Ukrainian are available at Duolingo. At Conversation Exchange, it is possible to seek a language partner who will provide help in learning Ukrainian in exchange for help with English.
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