The Spring Institute

Project Shine: Health Literacy Instructor

1 month+

Project Term: Ongoing
Est. Hours: 2-5 hours per week
Locations: Aurora


Project SHINE is in need of a Health Literacy Instructor. The position requires teaching refugees and immigrants English with a health emphasis.


  • lesson planning
  • providing group learning experiences
  • community outreach


  • enthusiastic, curious and willing to learn new things
  • acceptance of and ability to serve in diverse populations
  • organized
  • self-starter
  • creative
  • problem-solver
  • collaborative spirit
  • excellent communication skills

WORK LOCATIONS: The work locations are at the apartment complexes where refugees and immigrants live and receive care: Hidden Brook and Grace Apartments and other apartments in the area (13th and Xenia; Monaco and Leetsdale; 11th and Syracuse; and other sites as needed) The position of Health Literacy Instructor requires emotional maturity when communicating with clients that have experienced significant trauma and loss. In addition, Project SHINE strives to create manageable goals and boundaries when assisting clients. This position can be physically, emotionally and intellectually demanding. At the same time, it provides someone the opportunity to see the difference they are making every day in the lives of newcomers.

Spring Institute was founded in 1979 to provide intensive English as a Second Language (ESL) training for international students. Within a year, Spring Institute began working within the emerging refugee resettlement network, primarily to meet the English-language and pre-employment needs of these newcomers.