"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. We offer both in-person and online volunteer opportunities.
Ready to be a teacher or tutor?
If you are new to WEC or a returning volunteer, please complete our online Winter Term Sign-Up Form. New volunteers will receive an email from a staff member to schedule a phone call to help orient you to our programs. We look forward to welcoming you soon!
CURRENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES INCLUDE:
Fall, Winter, and Spring Opportunities - click for more info:
Summer Opportunities - click on an opportunity for more info:
The winter 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. Our Winter 2021 ESOL group classes begin January 18, 2022, and focus on all elements of language instruction. Each summer term we have a six week, conversation-focused term. 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 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 11-week FaLL Term launches September 27.
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:
- Daytime online group ESOL classes: 10 AM to 12 PM
- Daytime in-person group ESOL classes: 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
- Evening online group ESOL classes: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
- Evening in-person group ESOL classes: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
- Citizenship group classes (online only): 5:00pm to 6:00pm.
SUMMER TERM (6 WEEKS)
Mondays through Wednesdays:
- Daytime online group ESOL classes are 10 AM to 12 PM
- Evening online 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.
FY21-FY22 ACADEMIC CALENDAR
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.
Summer 2021 Term:
- First Day: Monday, July 19
- Last Day: Wednesday, August 25
Fall 2021 Term:
- First Day: Monday, September 27
- Last Day: Thursday, December 16
Winter 2022 Term:
- First Day: Tuesday, January 18
- Last Day: Thursday, March 31
Spring 2022 Term:
- First Day: Monday, April 18
- Last Day: Thursday, June 30
QUESTIONS OFTEN ASKED BY VOLUNTEERS
Where is WEC located?
Effective September 15, 2021, our new home is 401 9th St NW c100, Washington DC, 20004.
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 (online teachers) or hard copy textbook loan (in-person teachers), syllabus, and other resources. 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 Online: Monday through Thursday, 10 AM to 12 PM
- Weekdays In-Person: Monday through Thursday, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
- Evenings Online: Monday through Thursday, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
- Evenings In-Person: Monday through Thursday, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
*There are no Thursday classes or Citizenship 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?
Starting Fall 2021, we will be offering both in-person and online programming options. In-person programming will take place at 401 9th St NW c100, Washington DC, 20004, our new home effective September 15, 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.