ENGin Ambassador and dedicated volunteer, Rohanna White, recently collaborated with fellow volunteer Belinda Woodson to deliver an inspiring presentation at an event hosted by the Fuquay-Varina Woman's Club in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina. Their 25-minute presentation shed light on ENGin's mission, goals, and how to get involved as a volunteer.
In this article, we explore Rohanna's remarkable journey with ENGin and her passionate commitment to making a difference in the lives of young Ukrainians.
Rohanna's Journey Begins
Rohanna, a high school senior from Cary, North Carolina, embarked on her journey with ENGin in early 2022. At just 18 years old, she demonstrated a profound sense of purpose and a desire to contribute to a cause greater than herself. Her motivation to volunteer with ENGin stemmed from a search for a meaningful opportunity to not only enrich her own life but also touch the lives of others.
As an ENGin volunteer, Rohanna assumed the role of an interviewer, a pivotal position ensuring that prospective students and volunteers align with the program's criteria and requirements. Her responsibilities also extend to serving as an ambassador, conducting presentations like the one at the Fuquay-Varina Woman's Club event. Rohanna has even taken it a step further by launching an ENGin Chapter in her area, showcasing her dedication to ENGin's mission.
ENGin's Impact and Cross-Cultural Connections
Rohanna's involvement with ENGin is fueled by her overarching passion for effecting change in the lives of others and fostering a broader global community. She firmly believes that by empowering young Ukrainians to master the English language and facilitating cross-cultural connections, ENGin is contributing to a brighter future for both the individual students and their homeland.
ENGin pairs volunteers with students who share similar interests and hobbies, creating an atmosphere conducive to engaging conversations. Rohanna attests to the noticeable progress in her students' English proficiency after just a few weeks of regular interaction.
A Life-Changing Experience
One remarkable story from Rohanna's ENGin journey involves her first student, Daria. Daria, a young Ukrainian girl with dreams of attending a boarding school in the United States, needed to take the SAT in neighboring Poland. Rohanna wholeheartedly embraced the mission of supporting Daria's dream and guided her through the process of researching American boarding schools that aligned with her aspirations. In addition, Rohanna dedicated herself to teaching Daria English every weekend.
As Rohanna diligently worked to support her student and new best friend, she uncovered her true calling: being a catalyst for positive change in her global community. Rohanna recalls the emotional video call with Daria from Poland, where Daria expressed her deep gratitude. They eagerly awaited the test results, and the moment they arrived with remarkable scores, joy and fulfillment filled their hearts. Daria's journey to Massachusetts in August 2023 to attend her dream boarding school was a testament to the unwavering dedication of Rohanna and ENGin in helping Ukraine's youth rebuild their nation.
Throughout this mission, I discovered many things about myself. As I worked hard to support my student and new best friend, I continued to realize my true passion for making a difference in the lives of others. I knew I wanted to be a strong advocate for positive change in my global community.
Rohanna White's journey as an ENGin Ambassador is a remarkable example of the power of youth and volunteerism. Her commitment to making a difference and supporting the dreams of young Ukrainians is an inspiration to us all. Through ENGin, individuals like Rohanna are forging connections that transcend borders and are helping shape a brighter future for the global community.
If Rohanna's inspiring journey and her dedication to ENGin's mission have touched your heart, we invite you to join us as a volunteer and be a part of the positive change we're creating together.