How do I volunteer to teach English classes?
Find a location that is most convenient for you, and then fill out and submit the online volunteer application form.
Our need for new volunteers is greatest in early September and early January, when classes begin at most of our locations –the ideal time to contact us is several weeks in advance (i.e., late July/early August and late November/early December). However, we occasionally need new volunteers at other times of the year, so please contact us at any time.
Can I help in other ways?
Most of our volunteers assist with English class teaching, however we are eager to assist you if you would prefer to find a volunteer opportunity outside of the classroom. Non-teaching skills we are looking for include administrative abilities, such as helping with our database, and publicity/public relations. Please utilize our online volunteer application form and indicate your volunteer preference(s) in the comment box at the bottom of the form.
What qualifications do I need?
Proficient English Skills (second language ability NOT required). No prior experience necessary, and training is provided.
What is my commitment as an English teacher?
- The ability to teach two hours one day or evening per week for 10-12 weeks.
- Spending adequate planning and preparation time before class (about one hour of planning for each hour of teaching).
- The willingness to share teaching responsibilities with another teacher.
- Attending the new volunteer training.
- Advising site coordinator of absences as far in advance as possible (last minute absences destroy the continuity and trust of the class).
What are my rewards?
This program affects not only those in need, but those who are determined to better themselves.
- Be prepared to enjoy helping those who are eager to help themselves; in many countries from which our students originate, teaching is an honored profession.
- Be prepared to be held in high respect by those with whom you are working; many of our students know very few Americans outside of casual relationships and the workplace.
- Be prepared to find yourself the first American friend of these newest Americans.