Join our Volunteer Tutor Team at Literacy Volunteers!
As a volunteer tutor with Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester, you have the opportunity to directly change the life of your student. Our students are primarily adult immigrants and refugees who wish to improve their English so that they can gain better employment, further their education, become US citizens, and strive for financial stability. We also serve English-speaking adults seeking to improve their literacy skills.
As a tutor, you will be required to complete one of our training programs developed in partnership with Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts. We offer two different training courses:
- English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) – help someone who speaks another language
- Basic literacy/adult basic education (ABE) – help someone who already speaks English and wants to improve their reading ability
Toward the end of the training, we begin matching each tutor with a waiting student. Careful thought and consideration goes into every match and our staff continues to guide tutors throughout the tutoring process – providing encouragement, assistance with lesson plans, teaching materials, bi-monthly workshops, and free access to professional development with SABES and ProLiteracy.
More than 50 students are still waiting for someone like you to help them gain English language skills. Make a difference in someone’s life with the gift of English language skills through conversation, communication, and individual instruction.
Upcoming Tutor Training
January/February 2022 ESOL Tutor Training – January 31, February 3, 7, 10, 14, and 17 from 6:00pm – 8:30pm over Zoom. Please submit your completed tutor application by January 21 to be included in this training. Spaces are limited, so we will be filling the course on a first come, first served basis.
Interested, but can’t make the scheduled training? No problem! Send us your application, and we will notify you of the next available training session. We work collaboratively with the other Literacy Volunteers affiliates in Massachusetts to provide online and in-person training sessions throughout the year. On your application, please note which training you would prefer: ESOL or basic literacy/ABE. If you’re unsure, we’d be happy to help you decide which one would be a better fit — contact our office to learn more.
Note: pages 1, 4, and 5 are required. Pages 2 and 3 are optional. Please email your completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Qualifications to Become a Tutor:
- Eighteen years or older and have a high school diploma or higher
- An upstanding community member with a desire to help adult learners with communicative English language education
- Complete our initial tutor training
- Work with a student weekly for 2 hours for a minimum of 9 months