Current Volunteers- Click here for syllabi, class logs and other resources.



To volunteer as an English as a Second Language teacher or tutor please fill out our Online Volunteer Application, and download and sign our Volunteer Manual.

*Are you a volunteer looking to teach or tutor with us for an ESL/EFL program practicum and require feedback on your teaching? If so, please mention this in your application and email Mary, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, at*


There are three 12-week terms per year and an abbreviated 6-week summer session:

• Fall Term: mid-September to early December
• Winter Term: mid-January to end of March
• Spring Term: mid-April to end of June
• Summer Term: mid-July to end of August


During the three 12-week terms, classes meet at the following times:

Monday-Thursday, 10-1pm and 7 – 9pm 
Saturday and Sunday, 2 – 5pm
Sunday, 9am – 12pm


 Classes during the 6-week Summer session (mid-July to end of August) meet at the following times :


• Monday-Wednesday, 6:30 – 8:30pm
• Monday – Wednesday, 10am – 1pm
• Saturday and Sunday, 2 – 5pm



As a volunteer, you can assist as:

  • An ESL teacher
  • A tutor
  • A language lab teacher
  • A computer skills teacher
  • A writing group leader
  • A conversation group leader
  • A citizenship teacher
  • An outreach and fundraising assistant
  • A resume writer/ job coach

Volunteer Qualifications for ESL teachers

All Volunteers must:

• Be 20 years old or older;
• Be a native or fluent English speaker;
• Be willing to make a 12-week commitment;
• Be willing to 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

NO teaching experience necessary

  • Volunteers attend pre-service training
  • Additional training and ongoing support throughout the term
  • Classes are taught using only English

WEC provides:

  • Class syllabus
  • Teacher’s guide
  • Additional resources
  • Constructive feedback

Volunteer Commitment:
The volunteer commitment for teaching is 1 day per week, 2-3 hours per week for the 12-week term. In addition, teachers must attend an orientation and one additional training workshop during the term. The volunteer commitment for tutoring is 1 day per week, 1 hour per week through the end of the current term.

Volunteer absences are discouraged, but in the event of an emergency we ask that you notify your Volunteer Coordinator immediately so we can attempt to find a substitute.


We are currently recruiting volunteers to help with the following activities:

  • Writing or editing resumes and cover letters
  • Assisting people in searching for and applying for jobs online
  • Helping people prepare for job interviews
  • Accompanying people on job interviews
  • Serving as an ambassador to establish partnerships with local employers
  • Assisting staff with administrative tasks
  • Planning and executing special events such as job fairs and workshops


Volunteer with our Employment Services Program

Washington English Center also provides job placement and workforce preparation services free of charge to adult immigrants. Our staff and volunteers assist job seekers in preparing resumes, searching for job openings, completing job applications, preparing for job interviews, and more.

If you are interested in being an employment services volunteer please contact our Employment Services Coordinator, Yadilka Marquez.



Elizabeth Madjlesi

TELEPHONE: 202-387-0023