Ivonne is a fourth-year Microbiology major. Since joining Project SPELL in Fall 2014, this program has become a truly meaningful experience to her. Ivonne comes from a family of non-native English speakers and deeply understands the hardships of adults who have trouble communicating in English. Joining Project SPELL finally gave her the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people who want to learn English. Ivonne’s motto is that if we, as individuals, have the ability to help others, then we should. She is so proud of all of the Project SPELL tutors who put so much effort into their work, and hopes that they know that they do indeed make a difference in the lives of their learners. She is very excited to see what Project SPELL holds for her in the last year of her college life.
Nikta is a fourth-year Physiological Science major who has been volunteering with Project SPELL since Summer 2014. Born and raised in Iran, she understands the struggles of adapting to a new culture and language, and she uses her personal experience in her tutoring sessions. She is happy to be a part of Project SPELL because she can help the learners the same way she was helped when she moved to the U.S. Project SPELL has been more than a volunteering opportunity for her, and it has greatly influenced her undergraduate experience. She encourages everyone she knows to join the program. She also enjoys reading books, watching foreign movies, and volunteering at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.
Nare is a third-year Biology major and Spanish minor. She was recruited for Project SPELL by her friend in her second year, and since then she has grown to have a great passion for the program. With her parents being immigrants who struggled to learn English, Nare knows how invaluable this program is to all the learners. Many people are limited because of language barriers; this program gives the staff at UCLA the opportunity to become more comfortable with their English speaking abilities so that they can achieve all the goals they have set for themselves. She is excited to be a part of SCOPS so she can give back to the organization that has given her so many invaluable experiences. When she isn’t volunteering, she loves listening to music, watching Netflix, traveling, and hanging out with friends.
Jaycob is a fourth-year Biochemistry Major and Biomedical Research minor who has been volunteering with Project SPELL since the Fall of 2014. He shows incredible drive and motivation to teach his learners English in the best way possible and help the program grow larger in order to reach out to more learners and tutors. This level of commitment extends to his volunteer work as an Emergency Medical Technician and his research resolving protein nanotube structures using cryo-electron microscopy. When not studying, you can find him playing Intramural football with friends, binge watching the latest TV shows, or dreaming of Project SPELL.
Jovina is a fourth-year Sociology major and Education Studies minor who has been volunteering since summer 2015. She strongly believes in the power of learning and helping others. Project SPELL has strengthened her passion in education so much that she plans to pursue a career in the field. When she isn’t doing Project SPELL, you can find her at the UCLA Career Center as a Peer Advisor or fulfilling her leadership duties with the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS). In her free time, she likes to read books, play video games, or catch up on her favorite TV shows and movies.
Durgesh is a third year Linguistics and English major from Malaysia. She has been a part of Project SPELL since Fall 2015 and is glad to be helping others, particularly working adults, with learning English. Project SPELL has allowed her to observe the struggles of second language acquisition, which has inspired her to pursue this field as a career. Project SPELL has also given her the opportunity to understand that adult education is just as important as preparing young children. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, dessert-hopping, and scrutinizing lyrics of Tamil songs.
Jennifer is a fourth-year Microbiology major who has been involved with Project SPELL since Fall 2014. She is very passionate about teaching and mentoring others. Project SPELL’s mission of building a community among UCLA employees and student strongly resonates with her. Thus far, her favorite memory as part of Project SPELL is helping her learner create a PowerPoint presentation on “Customer Service.” She finds it very rewarding when learners become more confident and comfortable with the English language.