Become a Volunteer Tutor

We need volunteers who are willing to be trained as tutors and commit to teaching one or more adult learners a minimum of 1 to 2 hours a week for at least six months.

What does it take to be a literacy tutor?

Fluency in English

Compassion for Others

Patience

To get started, tutor training takes one hour of training at your convenience.

We believe if you have helped one person, you have done your job!

Training is provided free of charge. Online tutor training is available.

Life is calling; how far will you go?

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.