Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Classroom Closure

Following Governor Whitmer's Executive Order to close schools for the remainder of this school year, our classroom is closed and is scheduled to re-open in September.  We want all of our students and teachers to stay safe during these unprecedented times.  For students currently enrolled, you will be receiving instructions on how you can continue your studies at home while our classroom is closed.  For prospective students, please contact 517-488-5342 for more information on enrollment.  Please note that we will not be enrolling any new students until September or October. 

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Meet Our Volunteer Staff

Our hard working and compassionate teachers are dedicated to the GIL cause and work tirelessly to help bring accessible education to refugees in the Lansing area.  In 2018, our incredible group of volunteer teachers donated 2,500 hours of their time to our classroom.  They are simply amazing and we are so thankful for each of them.  Thank you, teachers!

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The Teachers Who Make GIL Possible

Paula Frantz

Executive Director


Volunteer Teachers

Jan Bernsten

Barbara Breneman 

Sharon Carr
Peggy Champion

David Cook

Kathi Cook

Marvin Dunn
Pat Eenigenburg
​Paul Eenigenburg
​Kelly Kitchen

Matt Larsen

Marsha Lommel

Ann McCarthy
James Montrief
Jeff Shane
​Keith Smith
​Jim Veurink
​Jane White 

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Interested in Volunteering?

Our program wouldn't exist without the amazing support of our volunteers.  If you're interested in finding out how you can volunteer, please contact 517-488-5342.

Become a Volunteer

To apply to be a volunteer, please download the application below and return the completed application to:


The Global Institute of Lansing

510 W. Ottawa Street

Lansing, MI  48933

GIL Volunteer Application (pdf)

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