Read Right Society is a nonprofit which teaches community literacy and life skills in Hope, BC.
Fifty percent of Hope’s children age 0-6 are vulnerable in more than one Early Development Instrument category (physical health and well being, language and cognitive development, social development, emotional development, communication skills and general knowledge), and nearly 50% of Canadian adults are functionally illiterate meaning they cannot complete daily tasks such as read a menu or fill out a job application. These statistics demonstrate a significant gap in literacy and life skills for all ages.
Therefore, RRS strives to fill this gap with community literacy and life skills programs, including: ESL and Settlement; Adult and Family literacy; Computer/Technology Literacy; Financial Literacy; iHomework (after school program for grades 7-12); Summer Slide (elementary reading program); Legal Services information; and Hope and Area Volunteer Program.
A three-week field experience includes: Working directly with learners through above programs Assisting with program and curriculum development Teaching learners using a strength-based, learner-centred approach Learning how nonprofits support and work with schools Leading group activities and learning sessions Learning to teach beginner readers Working with non-native English speakers
We strive to create a safe place for all learners and believe literacy is a life skill every person has the right to learn.
Accommodations - Accommodation options are at local motels/hotels or homestays. Local hotels/motels range in cost from $80.00-100.00 per night and some may give discounts for extended stays. Homestays with local families are also an option and can be arranged in advance. Homestays are free, excluding food. Because Hope is a small community, most residential neighborhoods (homestays) are within walking distance of the downtown core and Read Right Society.
Travel - Hope, BC is 150 km from Vancouver, BC so students need transportation to Hope. Bus fare from Vancouver to Hope ranges between $20.00-$30.00. Read Right Society is located in the centre of town and is within walking distance of restaurants, grocery stores, and motels and hotels.
Meals - Students must provide their own meals. Hope has two grocery stores and many restaurants and cafes within walking distance of the downtown core.
Criminal Record Checks - To work with Read Right’s clients, students must complete a Criminal Record Check (CRC) including working in the vulnerable sector. Read Right Society issues a CRC letter of request and the CRC is free.