Our mission is to bring together systematically divided campus sectors to share a common learning and cultural experience. This is accomplished by providing free and convenient English language classes to predominantly immigrant CU employees who hold under appreciated yet indispensable positions throughout the campus.
SWAP provides training to university student volunteers, preparing them to teach one-on-one English classes. SWAP operates through the support of an always evolving organizing committee, part-time student staff positions, and an expansive volunteer network. We are also a program of CU Engage.
A foreign language background is not necessary to participate as there is one three hour training session (with delicious food) required before you begin.
Read the article about how SWAP benefits CU students and employees together, here.
SWAP uses materials provided by Intercambio Uniting Communities here in Boulder which teach more practical skills to learners such as how call their employer, talk to their doctor, or go to the post office.
The time commitment for each volunteer is a one hour classes twice a week for 9 weeks. SWAP works to provide the most flexible teaching schedule possible and we hope that you will consider this program as a way to give back to the CU community!
SWAP has also partnered with the IEC in an effort bring together and create community between SWAP volunteers and IEC students. The IEC is an extensive English learning center that many international students go through before attending a university in the U.S. As part of the partnership, we match interested SWAP volunteers with IEC students and ask them to hang out a few times a month. This could mean going hiking, grabbing dinner or a movie, or bowling. We will even have an IEC and SWAP intramural team.
For more information visit our Get Involved page.