Frequently Asked Questions: Volunteers

Is it required to have teaching experience?

No! All volunteers attend pre-service training to help prepare for teaching in our school using our curriculum.  We provide you with a course syllabus, a teacher’s manual, and supplemental instructional materials. We also offer additional training and ongoing support throughout the term.

Do I have to speak another language other than English?

No! All of our classes are taught in English. It is required that our volunteers are fluent English speakers.

I have a busy schedule, how often do I have to meet for classes?

Volunteer teachers must be willing to make an 11 week commitment (fall, winter,and spring) or a 6 week commitment (summer), but only meet for 2-3 hours one day a week.  We offer classes year-round so pick a term and schedule that works for your schedule and that you are sure you can commit to.

 

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Fall: Mid-September to early December

Winter: Mid-January to late March

Spring: Mid-April to late June

Summer: Mid-July to late August 

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Weekday: Monday- Thursday 10am – 1pm

Evening: Monday- Thursday 7pm – 9pm

Weekend: Saturday & Sunday 2pm – 5pm

Sunday: 9am – 12pm 

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Can I only volunteer to teach English classes?

No! There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer at WEC. This includes: ESL Teacher, Tutor, Computer Literacy Teacher, Conversation Group Leader, Citizenship Teacher, and Job Coach.

What are the requirements to be a volunteer?

All volunteers must: 

  • be 20 years of age or older
  • be a fluent English speaker
  • make an 11 week commitment (fall, winter,and spring) or a 6 week commitment (summer) 1 day per week
  • attend training before and during each session,
  • have regular access to email
  • have the desire to work with adults from different cultural, educational, and economic backgrounds

Where is the nearest metro or bus stop?

The nearest metro station is the Dupont Circle Metro Station (take the Q Street exit) on the Red Line.  If you wish to take the bus, the bus lines are 42, 43, H1, L2, L1. 

Where is the best place to park?

The only parking available for volunteers is street parking in Zone 2. There is two-hour parking bordering the Washington Center building, however we encourage volunteers to take public transportation whenever possible. 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions: Students

Can I register online?

No. All students must come into the office to register. Our office is located at 2200 California St., N.W. Washington DC, 20008. Our office hours are Monday through Thursday 9am to 8pm. Saturday & Sunday 9am through 4pm.

Do I need to have an I.D./ VISA Card?

No. We DO NOT require an I.D. or VISA card. We accept students from anywhere in the Greater Washington Area (D.C., Maryland, Virginia, etc). However, we CAN NOT provide I.D. or VISA cards for our students.

What form of payment do you accept?

We accept all forms of payment including: Cash, Check, Credit Card, and  Money Order. The credit cards we accept are: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diner Club International, and JCB. 

Where is the nearest metro or bus stop?

The nearest metro station is the Dupont Circle Metro Station (take the Q Street exit) on the Red Line.  If you wish to take the bus, the bus lines are 42, 43, H1, L2, L1.

Does Washington English Center provide childcare?

No. We are an adult education program and do not provide childcare.

Does Washington English Center provide housing?

No. We do not provide housing.

Are books included in the price?

Yes! All textbooks are included in the price. 

Where are the teachers and students from?

All over the globe! Washington English Center takes pride in our multicultural atmosphere. We have over 2818 students from over 90 different countries. We also accept volunteer teachers from around the world as long as they speak fluent English.