Opportunity Details

Families, Low-income Communities

Age Minimum (with Adult): 18+, Minimum Age:18+

Referral: South-East Asia Center

Description Our volunteer tutors teach English to adult immigrants and refugees. Tutors usually meet one-on-one with the same student or with small groups of 2-4 adult learners. There are also opportunities to help prepare immigrants for the U.S. citizenship interview and test. Generally, tutors meet with students once or twice a week for 1-2 hours at a time. Tutors are asked to make a 3-month commitment to their student. Tutors are provided training free of charge. Our students range from low-literacy to conversational level.

Impact Our volunteers actively support immigrants and refugees as they transition to life in the local community by tutoring them in English and building a bridge of mutual cultural understanding. English becomes the tool that the students use to gain access to resources and gain control over their future. Cultural understanding becomes the means whereby the volunteer tutors and the students build strong ties that support building a vibrant and diverse community life which benefits everyone. Our volunteer tutors find the experience culturally enriching and satisfying, especially when they see students achieve goals such as improving English, gaining employment and becoming U.S. citizens.

Time Monday-Saturdays, all day

Volunteer Activity Tutoring, ESL, English Teacher

Great for

  • Individuals (volunteers who come on their own)
  • New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before)
  • Committed Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis)
  • Older Volunteers (volunteers aged 55 and older)

Partner Information The mission of the South-East Asia Center is to build bridges of understanding and cooperation amongst all Asian people as well as between peoples of Eastern and Western upbringing. They work with native-born Americans and immigrants, promoting mutual understanding and cooperation.

Requirements volunteers must complete to serve

  • Interview Process
  • Application
  • Training Meeting >2 hours

***This is a Referral Opportunity through Chicago Cares. Chicago cares does not manage the volunteer experience for these projects and volunteers are subject to each partner organization's volunteer protocol. Chicago Cares is not liable for injuries, loss, or damage at referral projects. No Chicago Cares staff will follow up with you about the logistics for this program, however, a staff person from the managing organization will be responsible for doing so.*** 

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