"Being with the students gives me that connection with the world that I also got when I traveled. And so I feel like I don't need to travel as much because I have my international understanding, learning, and opportunities right here in the classroom."
- Claire Kevill, WEC Volunteer
BECOME A VOLUNTEER!
Like to teach or tutor? Enjoy meeting people from other countries? Familiar with computers? Have other special skills you would like to share? Join Washington English Center's incredible team of volunteers to make a difference in someone else's life as well as your own.
Ready to be a teacher or tutor?
Please complete our online New Volunteer Interest Form.
Note: if you are seeking to volunteer with WEC for a Teaching English to Speakers Of another Language (TESOL) or Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) program practicum and require feedback, please mention this in your Interest Form.
CURRENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES INCLUDE:
Online Job Coaches (see Employment Services, below)
The volunteer commitment for Online ESOL Co-Teachers is for 11 weeks, following our term schedule. Co-teachers teach with their partner once a week for two hours, and spend 30 minutes to one hour lesson planning. Our fall term begins September 21. See "Term Information" below for more schedule information.
The volunteer commitment for Online Tutors and Club Leaders is ten weeks starting at any time. Online Conversation Tutors and Online Club Leaders hold one-hour sessions at the same time each week, plus spend a little time preparing between sessions. Online Writing Tutors spend the equivalent of one hour per week with their student, but mostly communicate asynchronously. Volunteers interested in additonal hours are welcome to tutor more than one student, or lead more than one club.
English Literacy Education
Qualifications for Teachers and Tutors
Have the desire to work with volunteers and adult students from different cultural, educational, economic, and linguistic backgrounds! NO teaching experience necessary! This said, our teachers need to:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Be willing to make an 11-week online commitment as an ESOL co-teacher OR 10-week online commitment as a tutor or club leader
- Complete new volunteer pre-service training (live and recorded options, online, ~1 hour)
- Have regular access to email for important information distribution
- Be enthusiastic about working with adults from different cultural, educational, economic, and linguistic backgrounds
- Be proficient in English (some of our former students are teachers!)
- Be comfortable with technology or willing to learn
for esol co-teachers, Our 11-week fall virtual Term launches September 21.
WEC observes all federal holidays, and there are no classes the entire week of Thanksgiving. The final day of Sunday classes is December 13th. Sign-up to co-teach once a week at the day and time that works best for you.
FALL, WINTER AND SPRING TERMS (11 WEEKS)
Mondays through Thursdays: Day Classes are 10 AM to 12 PM; Evening Classes are 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Saturdays and Sundays: Classes are 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Sunday (Conversational English): 10 AM to 12 PM
SUMMER TERM (6 WEEKS)
Mondays through Wednesdays: Day Classes are 10 AM to 12 PM; Evenings from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Saturdays and Sundays: Classes are 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
TUTORS and CLUB Leaders can make a ten-week online commitment at any time.
Available Tutoring Hours:
Mondays through Thursdays: 1PM to 2PM OR 5PM to 6PM
Saturdays and Sundays: 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Club hours are flexible.
In addition to English language instruction, Washington English Center also provides no cost workforce preparation services and job seeking assistance to adult immigrants. Our employment services volunteers and job coaches assist with:
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
QUESTIONS OFTEN ASKED BY VOLUNTEERS
Is teaching experience required?
No! All volunteers take our pre-service training to help prepare for teaching at WEC. We provide co-teachers with an e-textbook, syllabus, and other resources, and tutors receive tutoring resources and supplemental instructional materials. We also offer additional training and ongoing support throughout your service.
English is not my native language. Can I still volunteer?
Yes! WEC values linguistic diversity and welcomes volunteers who have had to study English themselves. In fact, some of our former students are teachers!
Do I have to speak another language other than English?
No! All of our classes are taught in English. It is typical for there to be several different native languages represented in each class, so English is the common language.
I have a busy schedule, how often do I have to meet for classes?
Online tutors must be willing to make a 10-week commitment. You can begin your service at any time.
Online ESOL co-teachers commit to 11 weeks (Fall, Winter and Spring) or 6 weeks (Summer), for 2 hours one day a week. We offer classes year-round, so select a term and schedule that works for your schedule and one that you are sure you can commit to. For example:
Fall: Mid-September to early December
Winter: Mid-January to late March
Spring: Mid-April to late June
Summer: Mid-July to late August
Weekdays: Monday through Thursday, 10 AM to 12 PM
Evenings: Monday through Thursday, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Weekend: Saturday & Sunday, 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Sundays: 10 AM to 12 Noon
What are the requirements to be a volunteer?
All volunteers must:
be 18 years of age or older
make an 11 week commitment (co-teachers) OR10 week commitment (tutors and club leaders)
participate in volunteer training
have regular access to email
have the desire to work with adults from different cultural, educational and economic backgrounds
be comfortable with technology or willing to learn
- speak English proficiently (many of our former students are teachers!)
What online platform does WEC use to deliver instruction?
All online classes with co-teachers are taught via Zoom, using WEC's Zoom accounts. Tutors and club leaders may use any online platform.
Where are the teachers and students from?
All over the globe! Washington English Center takes pride in our multicultural learning atmosphere. We have students from over 100 different countries. We also accept volunteer teachers from around the world.