Meet Florence Phillips
Florence served three tours of duty as a Peace Corps Volunteer in three different countries.
During her tours, she learned first-hand how difficult it is for a foreigner to learn the local language, and to be able to understand the locals, especially while also working.
When she returned home to the United States, Florence was frustrated by people writing into the newspapers complaining that "these immigrants coming into our country should be speaking English." Remembering her time abroad and her childhood experience with immigrant parents, she knew that "these people" wanted to learn English but had many obstacles, such as transportation, money, and resources.
Florence resolved to do her part by eliminating those obstacles and began tutoring a woman in English. Soon the demand for her help grew to be much more than she could handle and she recruited others to help her. What started as a group of 24 tutors helping 41 students has grown to an organization serving more than 6,000 learners worldwide.