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 lives of our students. Our tutors come from all walks of life, but all share in the desire to help a new citizen or community member learn how to speak, read, and write in English. Our students are primarily adult immigrants and refugees from over 106 countries who wish to improve their English so that they can become contributing members of our society, gain better employment, further their education, become a citizen and strive for economic security.
As a tutor you will be required to complete our, 18 hour training program developed in partnership with Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts state office, our tutor affiliation. Towards 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 – assisting with lesson plans, providing encouragement, reading materials, and six monthly in-service trainings per year.
We currently average 160 activated tutors annuallt with over 180 students matched. Another 40-60 students still waiting for a tutor match most months, and waiting for someone like you to help them gain English language skills makes all the difference for English language proficiency gains. Make a difference in someone’s life with the gift of English language skills through conversation, communication and individual instruction.
Please send in your completed application 10 days prior to each Tutor Training for processing and acknowledgment. Staff will contact you to confirm receipt and registration for the training.
Volunteer Tutor Training Dates (6 sessions/18 hours)
Our Tutor Trainings are scheduled annually in January, March, June and October. They are held over a three week period and include 18-hours over six sessions.
Annual Volunteer Tutor Training Schedule:
ABE Tutor Training. March 4-22nd, Mondays & Fridays, 9:30am-12:30pm. ABE (adult basic education) is only offered 1x per year. Registration by 2/22.
ESL/ESOL Tutor Training. June 11-27th, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:00pm-9:00pm. Register by 5/31.
Trainings completed or in process FY19:
January 2019, Tuesdays/Thursdays, 9:30am-12:30pm, ESOL Tutor Training.
October, 2018, Mondays/Wednesdays, 3:00-6:00pm, ESOL Tutor Training.
Please download application below and send completed to our general email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each year in April, we offer an optional informational orientation to introduce volunteers to our ESL and ABE Tutoring. This is a great Q&A period for those considering volunteering. Contact the office to register for the next date.
The last Annual ESOL & ABE Tutor Orientation was held on Tuesday, April 24th, 2018. We had wonderful interest and attendance with many registering for the full training. Another is planned for April 2019.
Qualifications to Become a New Tutor
Literacy Volunteers minimum requirements are:
Eighteen years or older and have a high school diploma or higher
An upstanding citizen with a desire to help adult learners with communicative English language education
Complete our initial 18-hour Tutor Training session
Work with a student weekly for 2 hours for a minimum of 9 to 12 months.
To learn more about tutor eligibility, click here
For tutoring resources, please visit our Tutor Resources page