Opportunity Details

Adult Education
Low-income Communities, Immigrants, Refugees or Ethnic Groups
Reading/Literacy

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

Referral: South-East Asia Center ESL Tutors

Description Volunteers serve as ESL tutors working one-on-one or with small groups of 2-4 immigrant or refugee adult learners to increase their knowledge of the English language. Generally, volunteers meet with their student once a week for an hour to two hours. Student levels range from low-literacy to conversational.
Impact Working with immigrants and refugees is a moving experience. Volunteers can expect to make a concrete impact in the life of the student they work with. Though at times language acquisition can seem slow, volunteer tutors will help students learn applicable English language skills that can be put to use in student’s daily lives. Beyond the impact of teaching English, volunteers often develop strong, fulfilling relationships with their students that reach across cultural boundaries.
Time Monday-Saturdays, all day
Volunteer Activity Tutoring
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)
  • Skilled Volunteers (pro bono work, volunteers with a specific skill set, etc.)

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
  • 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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Volunteers needed through 12/31/2018

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