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Yelena Nektalova — Russian University Without Walls

Yelena Nektalova How long have you been a DOROT Volunteer?

2 years

How did you get involved with DOROT?

Zoya Stein, DOROT’s program assistant for Educational Services, introduced me to the different University Without Walls classes for me to take in my spare time. I enjoy communicating with other people and this gives me the opportunity.

What type of volunteer activities do you do at DOROT?

I teach English as a Second Language for elderly Russian speaking seniors as part of the Russian University Without Walls program.

In what ways has your DOROT volunteer experience impacted your life?

Volunteering at DOROT gives me a strong will to learn English. Since I came to this county, I have made learning English my hobby. Because of DOROT, I now can share this knowledge and hobby with others.

What motivates you to continue volunteering at DOROT?

I have a wonderful relationship with the participants. I feel a sense of responsibility to them. Because of this class, I also continue to learn English on a deeper level.

Most memorable volunteer moment:

Not one in particular but at the end of each class they say, “Thank you.” It’s not a formal thank you, it’s more than that—they are truly appreciative and that makes me happy.

What would you want other volunteers to know about volunteering at DOROT?

DOROT is the best place to share your hobby with other people. The elderly are so wise, sometimes they teach me too!

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