Volunteer Opportunities

English as a Second Language (ESL) Volunteer Opportunities

Leadership Positions (~ 10 hours per week)

Director of Community Outreach will coordinate with non-English speaking communities and community leaders; with volunteers, conduct initial community surveys; develop the student needs assessment that will form the foundation of the ESL program; and, with volunteers, recruit students to enroll in the program. On an ongoing basis, s/he will continue to liaise with local communities.

Director of Administration & Logistics will manage the program budget, apply for funding grants, coordinate class schedules, monitor key performance metrics, and coordinate ESL communications and marketing efforts.

Director of Career Counseling will help students with soft skills development and job placement and will liaise with students after completion of the program.

Grant-Writers (initially 4 - 8 hours per week)

Grant writers will research and identify possible funding sources and apply for available funding.  Previous grant writing experience is desirable. Boston Community ESOL Center will provides training assistance and grant application guidance.

Interviewers (as needed)

Interviewers will conduct in person and phone interviews of community leaders and potential students and record the results in electronic survey forms. The ability to speak a second language will be helpful.

Recruiters of Students (initially 4 hours per week)

Recruiters of students will identify and recruit potential ESL students to the program. Recruiters will use phone and in person meetings to attract students to the program. The ability to speak a second language will be helpful.

Interpreters (as needed)

Interpreters will assist in interviewing community leaders and prospective ESL students during the community outreach/assessment and student recruiting phases.

ESL Teachers (~8 hours per week)

Teachers must have English as their primary language and do not need to be bilingual.

Classes, with up to 10 students each, will meet for 2 hours, 3 days or evenings per week for 5 weeks. We plan to “team teach” with 2 teachers per class to provide flexibility for teachers. We would like each teacher to teach one to three, 5-week class(es) over a 12-month period.

Teachers will be trained by professionals from the Boston Community ESOL Center. Training sessions will be about 10 – 15 hours over multiple days and evenings. AFTDJ will provide course materials.

Teaching Environment and Traits

  • The A Faith That Does Justice ESL Program puts Faith into Action by providing necessary English language skills to vulnerable people in the Boston area. Most students will have recently arrived in this country and may be unemployed or under-employed.
  • ESL classes levels will start at the beginner proficiency level and expand into higher levels as the program develops.
  • Class sizes will be small (~10 students), with 1 or 2 teachers per class.
  • Classes will be taught in classrooms at St. Anthony Shrine on Arch Street in Boston. Class sessions will be 3 times per week for 5 weeks. Classes may be taught at night, during the day, or on weekends. The schedule will be determined based on the needs of the students and the availability of teachers.
  • Classes are based on communicative practices which prioritize student participation and classroom interaction.
  • We are seeking volunteer lead teachers, co-teachers, and tutors.
  • Previous teaching experience and licensure are not required as comprehensive, targeted teacher training will be provided.
  • Volunteer teachers are outgoing and dedicated, seek feedback from team members, and have a passion for helping others.
  • The language learning environment requires teachers to be patient, coaxing and genuinely interested in developing a positive rapport with each of their students.
  • Volunteer teachers have a working knowledge of English grammar. Teachers do not need to know any other language.