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Become a Volunteer and Make a Difference!

Would you like to share your expertise, meet people from diverse backgrounds, and contribute to a meaningful cause? Join our extraordinary team of volunteers at Washington English Center and empower others while enriching your own life. We offer both in-person and online volunteer opportunities.

Whether you're a new volunteer or returning, take the first step by completing our Summer Volunteer Sign-Up Form. New volunteers will receive an email from our staff to schedule an orientation phone call. We eagerly anticipate your involvement! 


"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

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If you're unable to volunteer at the moment, sign up for our weekly newsletter to stay informed about WEC activities. Get updates on volunteer opportunities, teaching workshops, and social events, along with helpful tips and inspiring stories from our community.

Current Volunteer Opportunities Include:

  • Online ESOL Co-Teachers
  • In-Person ESOL Co-Teachers
  • Substitute Teachers
  • Online Citizenship Co-Teachers
  • Online Conversation Tutors
  • Online Writing Tutors
  • Online Club Leaders
  • Social Coordinators
  • WEC Ambassadors
  • Online ESOL Conversation Class Co-Teachers (summer only)
  • In-Person ESOL Conversation Class Co-Teachers (summer only)
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Volunteer Commitment

The fall, winter, or spring volunteer commitment for both Online and In-Person ESOL Co-Teachers is 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, Monday-Thursday, and focus on communication, including speaking, listening, reading and writing.

The volunteer commitment for Online Tutors and Club Leaders is 11 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 additional hours are welcome to tutor more than one student, or lead more than one club.

English Literacy Education

Qualifications for Teachers and Tutors

No teaching experience is necessary! We welcome individuals who are passionate about working with diverse communities and willing to learn. Be at least 18 years old, enthusiastic about cross-cultural engagement, proficient in English, and comfortable with technology.
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Term Information

For ESOL Co-teachers, our Summer 2024 term runs from July 15th to August 21st, 2024. Choose a schedule that suits you best.

Sign-up to co-teach once a week at the day and time that works best for you.

(11 WEEKS)

Mondays through Thursdays:

Daytime online group ESOL classes: 10:00 AM ET to 12:00 PM ET

Daytime in-person group ESOL classes: 10:30 AM ET to 12:30 PM ET

Evening online group ESOL classes: 6:30 PM ET to 8:30 PM ET

Evening in-person group ESOL classes: 7:00 PM ET to 9:00 PM ET

Citizenship group classes (online only): 5:30 PM ET to 6:30 PM ET



Mondays through Wednesdays:

Daytime online group ESOL classes are 10:00 AM ET to 12:00 PM ET

Daytime in-Person group ESOL classes are 10:30 AM ET to 12:30 PM ET

Evening online group ESOL classes are from 6:30 PM ET to 8:30 PM ET

Evening in-person group ESOL classes are 7:00 PM ET to 9:00 PM ET



Available Tutoring Hours:

Mondays through Fridays: 1:30PM ET to 2:30 PM ET OR 5:00 PM ET to 6:00 PM ET

Saturdays and Sundays: 12:30 PM ET to 1:30 PM ET

Club hours are flexible.


WEC observes all federal holidays. Our offices are also closed the Friday after Thanksgiving, and from 12/24 through 1/1. There are no classes the entire week of Thanksgiving, though staff are available Monday through Wednesday of that week.

2024 Term:

First Day:
Monday, April 15

Last Day:
Thursday, June 27

2024 Term:

First Day:
Monday, July 15

Last Day:
Wednesday, August 21

2024 Term:

First Day:
Monday, September 23

Last Day:
Thursday, December 12

Explore our website to learn more about volunteering opportunities and how you can contribute to our mission. Together, we can create positive change and transform lives.

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