"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?
If you are new to WEC, please complete our online New Volunteer Interest Form AND our Summer Term Sign-Up Form. After you complete these forms, a WEC staff member will reach out to set up a phone call to help orient you to our programs. We look forward to speaking with you soon!
Returning volunteers just need to complete the Summer Term Sign-Up Form.
CURRENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES INCLUDE:
Summer Opportunities - click on an opportunity for more info:
Fall, Winter, and Spring Opportunities - click for more info:
The summer volunteer commitment for Online ESOL Co-Teachers is for 6 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 summer ESOL group classes begin July 19, 2021, and focus primarily on conversation. Fall, winter, and spring group classes last 11 weeks and focus on all elements of language instruction. See "Term Information" below for more schedule information.
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
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 (just 6 weeks for summer group conversation classes)
- 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 6-week SUMMER Term launches July 19.
WEC observes all federal holidays. The final day of spring term group classes is June 24th. Sign-up to co-teach once a week at the day and time that works best for you. Our summer term group classes begin July 19th and end August 25th.
FALL, WINTER AND SPRING TERMS (11 WEEKS)
Mondays through Thursdays: daytime group ESOL classes are 10 AM to 12 PM; evening group ESOL classes are 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Citizenship group classes are 5:00pm to 6:00pm.
SUMMER TERM (6 WEEKS)
Mondays through Wednesdays: daytime group ESOL lasses are 10 AM to 12 PM; Evening group ESOL classes are from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
TUTORS and CLUB Leaders can make aN 11-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/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
If you are interested in being an employment services volunteer, please contact Renee McKie, Director of Student Services, at 202 800-4681 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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 11-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:
Group Class Terms:
- Fall: Mid-September to early December
- Winter: Mid-January to late March
- Spring: Mid-April to late June
- Summer: Mid-July to late August
Group Class Schedules*:
- Weekdays: Monday through Thursday, 10 AM to 12 PM
- Evenings: Monday through Thursday, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
*There are no Thursday classes during the summer term.
What are the requirements to be a volunteer?
All volunteers must:
- be 18 years of age or older
- make an 11 week commitment (6 weeks for summer group conversation classes)
- 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 group classes and clubs are taught via Zoom, using WEC's Zoom accounts. Tutors may use any online platform.
When will WEC offer in-person programming again?
Summer 2021 will remain completely online. Public health considerations permitting, we anticipate offering both in-person and online programming options in Fall 2021.
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.