Category Archives: Our Team

Education Expanding Beyond the Walls of IIA

Interview and Article by Sarah Meek   At the International Institution of Akron (IIA), education is not just confined to the classroom. IIA offers multiple field trips and activity-based learning sessions to help new refugees and immigrants practice the essential tasks they must perform to live in their new Akron community. For example, students in…
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A Gift of Education Made Possible Through Our Volunteers

Janece Schaffer, Ryan Marx, Carl Pfromm, and Larie Shaw all came to know about the International Institute of Akron (IIA) in different ways. What is not different is the way these volunteers are providing the gift of education to our refugee and immigrant neighbors. They are just a few of the many volunteers that find…
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The Joy of the Classroom

Photos, Interview and Article by Sarah Meek   Sit in on Linda Clifford’s English class on a Monday or Wednesday morning and you are bound to see students from around the world hard at work learning English. Linda currently teaches an intermediate English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) class at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church…
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Giving Thanks With Our Students

On November 16, the International Institute's Women’s Board hosted the second annual International Thanksgiving Meal, bringing together clients, staff, and volunteers. Over 80 people came to learn more about the holiday and, of course, to eat. Standards like turkey and stuffing were featured alongside such exotic fair as sel roti, a traditional Nepalese donut. Guests…
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