Immigrant Voices Project

One of our strongest tools for fostering acceptance and empathy, and for bridging cultures and people, is storytelling. That’s why we’re thrilled to share the Immigrant Voices Podcast Project.

finalpodcastivppThe Immigrant Voices Podcast Project features interviews with our very own GPA ESOL community members, who have courageously made the U.S. their home. In their own words, they describe the lives and people they left behind in their native countries, their journeys here, and the struggles and successes they have experienced along the way. Our guests are parents of dreamers, dreamers themselves, and undocumented to naturalized citizens – each with a singular experience and perspective of life in the U.S. as an immigrant. 

Four volumes are available today. Listen here or below:

Episode 1: Nicolasa reflects on the long, difficult journey she traveled to pursue an education after emigrating from the Dominican Republic at the age of 18. Today, she holds a master’s in education and provides technology support to over 100 immigrant families in Boston.

Episode 2: Perla, who came to the U.S. from Guatemala at a very young age, shares how her hard-working family persevered to build a secure home here – despite the ever-present threat of deportation. Now a DACA recipient, Perla uses her master’s in social work to help other immigrant families.

Episode 3: Adson tells of the culture shock he and his wife Aleide experienced after leaving behind their family, friends, and careers in Brazil. As a concert coordinator, journalist, and musician in his native country, he found himself suddenly painting houses in Boston. Yet, he adapted. A successful entrepreneur, Adson now owns his own home improvement company.

From 10 years of students, teachers, and volunteers who form part of the growing community at the Gardner Adult Education ESOL Program, our Immigrant Voices podcasts will feature their journeys to the U.S., the people our immigrant guests have left behind in their native countries, and the actions they have taken to make Boston their new home. Conversations will touch on their struggles, successes, and dreams for the future. We will also invite our guests to comment on how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted their lives and livelihoods. Participants will range from parents of “dreamers,” “dreamers” themselves, undocumented to naturalized citizens, and everything in between. 

Now In his mid-20s, Caio came to this country from Brazil with his parents when he was four years old. Although he has siblings still in Brazil, he hasn’t met them. Even though with the help of technology, he has grown up with them, it is not the same. Caio is a Dreamer—a very accomplished, educated, inner-directed young man with lofty goals yet with his feet planted firmly on the ground of reality. Mature beyond his years, he has had to live with uncertainty about his future status. Ever anxious about his parents’ welfare, over the years, he has assumed the role of interpreter, legal counsel, and financial advisor for them. Despite shouldering so much weight and responsibility, Caio is an optimist with an excellent sense of humor who puts anyone at ease. 
  1. Caio from Brazil
  2. Maria from Guatemala
  3. Aleide from Brazil
  4. Sarah from Iran
  5. Geraldo from Brazil
  6. Yenny from Venezuela
  7. Adriane from Brazil
  8. Soe Soe from Myanmar (Burma)
  9. Blanca from Guatemala
  10. Silvia from Honduras