Classroom Tutors

We are currently recruiting for both virtual/remote and in-person classroom support volunteers. If you would like to apply to volunteer with us as classroom assistant or conversation partner, please visit the Apply to Our Program page to link to 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 PACE (Pre-academic Community English) 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.

Volunteer Responsibilities

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.