About New Haven Reads (New Haven)

The overall goal of New Haven Reads is to provide an environment where children and adults have access to free books and tutoring to increase their literacy skills and academic performance. The organization places particular emphasis on serving the most economically and educationally disadvantaged children and families who otherwise would not have access to these resources.

New Haven Reads operates a Book Bank stocked with donated books from the community. Anyone can walk in and take free books. New Haven Reads also offers free afterschool tutoring. While in New Haven, interns will live in an apartment in the East Rock neighborhood.

About New Asia Middle School (Hong Kong)

Check back for more information in fall 2012.

Internship Description

During their tenures with New Asia Middle School and New Haven Reads, the interns will plan and design English lessons, tutor local students in reading, help out with administrative tasks, and conduct a small research project.

Candidates need to be people-oriented, sensitive to cultural differences, flexible and independent. Applicants should also be enthusiastic about hosting the Hong Kong students in New Haven for part of the summer, and candidates with experience working with children and young people are especially encouraged to apply. No Chinese language skills are required, but native-speaker level English fluency is a must.


Yale participants in the Community Service Exchange will receive round-trip airfare to Hong Kong, as well as free housing in both Hong Kong and New Haven. In Hong Kong the interns will stay in dormitory accommodations on the campus of New Asia College at The Chinese University of Hong Kong; in New Haven they will live together in an off-campus apartment. Students will also receive a modest stipend in both places to help defray the costs of their commuting and daily living expenses.

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