The GBCI English Conversation Group meets weekly to provide an opportunity for adult English language learners to improve their fluency by engaging in language development activities with volunteers. Participants and volunteers work in small groups or as partners. This group also serves as a vehicle to share information about resources in Montgomery County as well as a path for developing friendships and building a sense of community among participants and volunteers. The group meets weekly from mid-September to mid-June.
In this program, older adults visit high school classrooms and other venues to share their traumatic life experiences and through a dialogue circle process, engage in conversations about discrimination and prejudice. Students express profound reactions to hearing first-hand accounts of the Civil Rights movement, the Holocaust, internment of Japanese-during World War II and more. GBCI is looking for volunteers who may be willing to share personal experiences with student groups on a variety of topics.