Meet Samuel, a biochemistry student with a heart for helping others. Last June, he stumbled upon ENGin, a virtual service opportunity, and was drawn to the cause because of russia's invasion of Ukraine.
"I wanted to help those whose education was negatively affected at no fault of their own."
After completing the initial steps, Samuel was matched with his first buddy and has since worked with multiple buddies to expand his impact.
Samuel's favorite part of volunteering with ENGin is learning about the differences between Ukraine and the United States.
"I learn something new about Ukraine every session."
Samuel's buddies offer a unique perspective, from entertainment to culture to public transportation and fast food places. On a more serious note, Samuel also hears about how the invasion has affected his buddies’ lives.
"It's all very humbling to me, and it makes me want to do more to support the wonderful cause that ENGin works toward."
He decided to work with even more buddies because he felt that he could expand the impact that he had on the lives of kids his age, whose worlds have been turned upside down by the invasion of Ukraine.
“I feel that it’s unfair that, although my buddies and I are all the same age, our lives have become so different in a year, and I want to do my part to rectify this injustice.”
Despite working with most of his buddies for a short time, Samuel has already noticed an improvement in their English skills and confidence in speaking.
Aside from ENGin, Samuel attends classes and works in a research lab. His hobbies include chess, rollerblading, and following hockey. Samuel's personal goal is to make a difference in the lives of those affected by the war with russia. With his dedication and passion, he is undoubtedly on the right track.