How did you become a volunteer with your Madison House program?

My first year I received an email that more tutors were needed for the program and I was immediately interested. I signed up and have been involved ever since!

Why did you chose your program? What do you like about it?

At the time, working with kids in the classroom seemed out of my comfort zone and I really wanted to challenge myself to try something new in college. I love that I seem to be making a difference in my interactions with the kids and love seeing their faces light up when I come in every week.

Tell us your best, funniest, or most educational experience as a Madison House volunteer.

Last semester I got to go with my class on a field trip. We went to the downtown library and got a private tour – it was just cool to spend time with the kids outside of the classroom and remember what it was like to ride a school bus again.

What is one thing you’d like readers to know about your program?

Even if you do not think you would have anything to contribute, just being in the classroom with the kids makes a positive difference. They look up to the volunteers and want to learn from us.

Stefanie Bannon is a 3rd Year Foreign Affairs and History Major. She has volunteered with Madison House since her 1st year, and spent spring break in the Dominican Republic teaching English in elementary schools with Alternative Spring Break .

Madison House serves as the student volunteer center for University of Virginia students.

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