Volunteer Spotlight – Roger Gillespie

Every year, EnglishWorks helps hundreds of Brazilian students improve their English language skills, ultimately helping them to grow more confident in their communication. This important work is made possible by our incredible volunteers who dedicate their time and energy to their community. Each week, we’re going to be expressing our gratitude by featuring one of these extraordinary volunteers and sharing their EnglishWorks story with you!

Roger Gillespie

Why did you decide to volunteer with EnglishWorks?

I saw a posting at Dave’s ESL Cafe and I liked the philosophy of the project.

What was your favorite part about volunteering with EnglishWorks?

Talking to the students. They are always outgoing and happy to practice even though some are insecure about their English skills.

What did you do before you became a volunteer?

I spent most of my career as a journalist in Canada where I was born and where I live. I have worked as a reporter, editor and newsroom manager.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?

I had a plate of worms when I was in Ho Chi Minh City last winter. I don’t recommend them.

What is one fact about you that your students don’t know?

I like winter.

If you could trade places with one celebrity for a day, who would it be and why?

Donald Trump. So I could resign.

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O EnglishWorks é um curso de inglês focado na realidade do aluno. Com dinamismo, flexibilidade e tecnologia atingimos resultados e transformação social.