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. We also serve English-speaking adults seeking to improve their literacy skills.
As a tutor you will be required to complete our 18-hour training program developed in partnership with Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts. 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 – assisting with lesson plans, providing encouragement, reading materials, and six in-service trainings per year.
We typically have between 100 and 150 active tutors annually with 150-180 students matched. Another 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.
Please send in your completed application 10 days prior to the start of the tutor training. Staff will contact you to confirm receipt and registration for the training.
Volunteer Tutor Training
We offer three to four tutor trainings each year at varied times of day, typically in January, March, June, and October. The training takes a total of 18 hours over the course of three weeks.
Our new tutor trainings are currently on hold due to COVID-19. When it is safe to resume our in-person meetings, we will do so. We are hoping to provide a training online, pending approval from the curriculum design team. In the meantime, we cannot train new volunteers. Thank you for your patience.
Volunteer Tutor Orientation
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. Our 2020 Volunteer Tutor Orientation has been postponed until further notice.
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 community member with a desire to help adult learners with communicative English language education
Complete our initial 18-hour tutor training
Work with a student weekly for 2 hours for a minimum of 9 months.
To learn more about tutor eligibility, click here