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IIB's Welcome to Buffalo Fund Launched on #GivingTuesday
Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Thank you Buffalo Rising for picking it up immediately! Skating party for refugees and volunteers on Dec. 20 is fully funded! The Welcome to Buffalo Fund has been established to provide stipends for refugee outings in our great city. Government grants cover the basics of resettlement, but nothing to introduce our newest neighbors to what makes Buffalo special. You can do something about it

SURMET Corp Employs Highly Skilled, IIB Trained Refugees
Monday, December 2, 2013

Job placement through agencies helps newcomers better themselves, build on diversity.The Buffalo News.

Human Trafficking: Stories of Survival
Monday, November 25, 2013

IIB victim services director Amy Fleischauer explains the prevalence of trafficking in WNY and what's being done to end it in this WIVB TV news story.

IIB Fundraiser Success: Keeping it Fresh
Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The IIB found a few ways to make sure its Buffalo Without Borders event remained fresh this year - and more importantly brought in more money. Story in Buffalo Business First.

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English as a Second Language

The Buffalo Public Schools Adult Education Division offers English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at the International Institute Monday - Thursday most weeks of the year. Five levels of classes, from beginner to advanced, are offered, free of charge, in morning, afternoon and evening sessions. Citizenship and TOEFL preparation classes are also available.

For more information, contact the International Institute's ESL office at (716) 884-9672 or you can call (716) 887-3912 for assistance.

Click the links below to see the course descriptions.


Click here to visit the Buffalo Public Schools Adult Education Division website.


English as a Second Language (ESL)

This course focuses on the four main skill areas of English: speaking, listening, writing and reading. New students may start any time during the year. Students from all countries, and at all skill levels - from beginning to advanced - are welcome to attend. Morning, afternoon and evening sessions offered all year. the year

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- John F. Kennedy

The mission of the International Institute of Buffalo is to assist immigrants, refugees, their families, and others who face linguistic and cultural barriers to become self-sufficient, productive members of our community, and to increase global understanding and international connections in Western New York.
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