Every Wednesday at 2:30pm we meet for a volunteer club meeting. Today we discussed what activities and organizations we will attend and support for April. Here are some of the exciting events: Starting this week there will be a box at the front desk to collect food for the organization “The Greater Boston Food Bank”. We kindly ask all students, teachers, and staff to bring an item of food to donate. We are looking to collect healthy and most-needed foods, including non-perishable items like tuna fish, beans, peanut butter, soups, spaghetti sauce, crackers, rice, pasta and cereal. The volunteer club will then bring all donations to the organization in Boston! On April 10, we will volunteer with Pine Street Inn, one of the largest homeless shelters in Boston.We will prepare and serve food! On Thursday April 18, we will volunteer at Hale House, an elderly home in Boston.This has been an ongoing project for the past years and we are very excited to have conversations with locals. If you are interested in joining the volunteer club or would like to sign up for activities, please contact Christina at the EC Boston English School front desk.
Among the many problems facing our world today is our shrinking wetland area. Wetlands are lands along coasts or bodies of water that are usually submerged in water, and have the capacity to buffer rising water levels by absorbing excess liquid. Wetlands support a unique ecosystem, giving a home to many plants and animals. They also serve an important environmental resource during oceanographic events like floods or typhoons. Because of their delicate makeup, wetlands are particularly vulnerable to climate changes and human influences, and are often cited as an endangered part of our environment. In 1971, a convention on wetlands was held for the first time in Iran. This marked the beginning of a movement to help save and protect the wetlands, an effort that involves everything from public policy to clean-up crews. If you are interested in the wetlands (and want more practice listening to English), check out the EC Boston activity calendar, and join us February 3rd during the lunch break to watch Waterlogged– a documentary about wetlands and wetland preservation. It is a short film- 35 minutes- that will give new insight into the challenges facing our wetlands today. Want to take it a step further? Look on volunteermatch.org for opportunities in your local community doing environmental maintenance and activism! ——————————————————– Boston is the capital and largest city of the state of Massachusetts. EC Boston is situated in Faneuil Hall Square, in the heart of this wonderful city. Find out more about how exciting and beneficial learning Intensive English in Boston can be!