One-to-One In-Home Tutoring



A Project of the Colorado Refugee ESL Program

"I'm encouraged and sustained by the gratitude and appreciation my student gives me - just for my willingness to spend time with her."

America is a mix of cultures, dynamic and diverse. You can hear it in our music, taste it in our food. Almost every language on earth is spoken in the United States.

And yet one language dominates.

The ability to speak English is still the key to American society. At school and at work, English is the second language spoken by millions. Being able to speak English can open up worlds of opportunity and provide a path to self-sufficiency.

For refugees, the challenge is immense.

Many are homebound, caring for small children. They may be hesitant to venture into neighborhoods where customs, currency, ways of transportation, and especially language is baffling and strange.

Imagine how they look forward to meeting someone who is willing to teach them, share with them, and help them navigate the 'ins' and 'outs' of our culture.

That someone could be you.

As a volunteer tutor, you don't need to know your student's language or be a professional teacher. All you need is a sensitivity to values and viewpoints born from utterly different life experiences and also a willingness to share your time and energy.

What we need from you
  • A 4 month commitment
  • 2 hours student contact time each week
  • A sensitivity to other cultures
  • Resourcefulness and initiative

What you receive

  • Training in teaching English as a Second Language
  • On-going support throughout your tutoring experience
  • In-service workshops
  • Personal satisfaction from knowing that you are helping someone
  • A new friend

If you decide to volunteer, what happens next?

After completing the tutor training, you will be matched with a refugee student. When you schedule your first lesson, the volunteer coordinator will meet you at the refugee's home and introduce you to your student. Throughout your tutoring experience, the coordinator is available to provide you with materials, advice, and assistance.

It's easy to volunteer!

If you would like to volunteer or receive more information, please contact the volunteer manager, or click here for a printable application.
There is no need to include a resume or cover letter with your application.

Training Information, In-home Tutoring Program 

Click here to see upcoming training dates for new in-home tutors.

Complete training details will be provided once your application has been received.

Training sessions for the in-home tutoring program take place approximately every six to eight weeks or at least once each calendar quarter. Each training session takes place on a Saturday and is scheduled for a full day, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Participants must attend the entire session if they wish to be matched with a student.

Training sessions are open only to those who are planning to participate in the in-home tutoring program. We cannot accommodate guests who are seeking professional development or training to use in a different program.

The application that is available on this website also serves as your training registration form. There is no need to include a resume or cover letter with your application.

"You must be the change you want to see in the world."
-Mohandas Karamchand Ghandi