Are you ready to make a difference in your area for someone living anywhere in the world who needs the gift of learning English?

ELL In-Home Program Services - Tutoring

A student is waiting just for you. Being a volunteer gives a gift that is far-reaching and lasts a lifetime. The rewards are immeasurable.

Volunteer Opportunities

1-1 Tutor

You will work one-on-one with an adult who is struggling to speak, read, write, and understand English, helping them to identify and reach real-life goals such as obtaining a GED, applying for a job, or reading with their child. Tutors meet for one hour sessions twice weekly with their learner and we ask that you make a minimum of a 3-month commitment.

Volunteer Tutor

English Conversation

You will provide support to adults by having practice classes in English conversation. Most of our foreign students lack the self-confidence to speak English in public places and need the practice to give them the self-esteem they need. This opportunity has a more flexible time commitment.

GED Preparation 

The class is goal-oriented for those determined to find a job. Volunteers in this class help mainly with math.

Parents with ESL school children

Parents with ESL school children

The learners are adults with school children also learning English. This class focuses on goal-oriented learning as well as a family literacy component. Volunteers in this class help the parent to speak in English with their children’s teachers and medical personnel without interpreters.

U.S. Citizenship Class

You will be trained in how to help legal immigrants obtain citizenship.

Event/Workshop Volunteer

Assist our staff with fun events to recruit tutors for our wait-list of adults who are eager to learn English language skills.

To serve as an ESL volunteer we ask that you meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age

  • Have good verbal communication skills

  • Agree to a criminal background check

  • Attend a one hour, online virtual Volunteer Orientation & Training

  • Have cultural sensitivity to people of diverse backgrounds

Citizenship classes

Orientation & Training Calendar

Training Dates: Any day/time/location you prefer according to your schedule.

You already have the skills and knowledge that a student is waiting to receive from you as their life long gift. If you are interested in volunteering as an English literacy skills tutor we have over 800 on a wait list who are eager to meet you.  Just 1-2 hours/week of your time at your availability, you pick the time and day.

Volunteer Tutor FAQs

We require a commitment of 1 to 2 or more hours a week. Meeting days and times are flexible according to your availability. This schedule allows the learners to make progress rapidly which is more fun for the tutors.

Tutors and students usually set a schedule that works mutually for them. Tutors will be matched with a student convenient to the tutor’s home or workplace.  Most tutors go to the student’s home or meet at the tutor’s home. Public sites are also available such as the local library.

We ask that tutors plan to work with students on an on-going basis or however long they can (at least 6 months). This is a very flexible program. When a tutor needs time off for vacation, illness, etc. the tutor notifies the student in advance as well as the student notifies the tutor in advance if a cancellation is necessary.

Most tutors teach one or two adult learners and some have a class of 2-5 maximum. The relationship and trust is an important part of the learning process. The tutors will provide English skills and encourage the learners to set language goals. If a tutor or learner does not feel compatible, a new match can be arranged.

The materials and methods we use support non-professionals who have never taught before. It is practical and very “user-friendly”. We prefer tutors who have had at least a High School education. It is not required to have teaching experience nor knowledge of a foreign language.

GED tutors are responsible for teaching basic skills to students with varying academic levels while integrating GED skills, reading and math skills, social justice and community issues, and culture. You will help students meet necessary goals and qualify to get a GED. We provide the instructional material at no charge.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Teach basic skills encompassing math, science, English, and literature.
  • Help students prepare and study for GED exam.
  • Assess students' readiness to take exam.
  • Maintain grade books.
  • Develop incentives to keep participants in class.
  • Utilize public library resources.
  • Tutor students on an individual basis  or in small groups of 2-5
  • Observe and evaluate student's performance.