We are currently recruiting for virtual/remote classroom support volunteers only. If you would like to apply to volunteer with us as an online classroom assistant or conversation partner, please visit the Apply to Our Program page to download an application.
The world comes together at Emily Griffith Technical College
The English as a Second Language program at Emily Griffith Technical college serves immigrants, visa students, and refugees from around the world.
Our refugee students come from many troubled areas of the globe, including Bhutan, Burma, Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iraq, and Somalia. Each year, more than 1,000 refugees participate in our program to study English, learn about American culture, and prepare for employment. All instruction is in English.
All classes are taught by credentialed instructors, with classroom volunteers assisting our teachers and students and adding immeasurable value to the students' school experience. The students truly benefit from the time they spend with volunteer tutors and conversation partners. Our volunteers support our program not only by helping out in classrooms, but also by sharing their time and cultural insights to help students navigate through a new life.
Community members contribute every day
Volunteers in the regular and refugee English as Second Language programs at EGTC put in hundreds of hours each month assisting in our classrooms providing support to the teachers and helping our students learn and adjust to life in the U.S.
This contribution of time is an invaluable resource for our program and our students.
Classroom or Conversation
Volunteers assist in the classroom, work one-on-one with students, or tutor small groups outside the classroom. All volunteers work under the direction of a credentialed classroom instructor.
Conversation Group volunteers meet with intermediate advanced-level refugee students in a casual setting to chat and share ideas. The students have the opportunity to practice the English they have learned in a friendly, fun, relaxed environment. Click here for details about assisting in a classroom. Click here for details about conversation groups. Please see the Classroom Assistant page for even more volunteer opportunities that are available.
- Complete an application and return it to the Volunteer Coordinator
- Complete a volunteer orientation
- Attend free training workshops offered at the school
- Tutor students on a regular basis
- Work closely with the classroom teacher and follow the lesson plan provided when working with students
- Be reliable and punctual, and notify the Volunteer Coordinator when you have a schedule conflict.
Who can volunteer?
There is a place in our program for almost anyone who wishes to volunteer. Previous teaching experience is not required, nor is it necessary to speak a second language. Please note that we do not offer practicum placements for those completing TEFL certification programs.
- Strong desire to help recently arrived refugees and immigrants improve their English language skills
- Sensitivity to cultural differences
- Ability to tutor on a consistent basis for two hours a week for a minimum of four months
- Patience, understanding, and flexibility. You must be reliable.
- Fluency in English