Adult English as a Second Language Classroom Volunteer


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


939 E Park Dr Suite 102Harrisburg, PA 17111
Our students may come from many different countries, cultures, and languages but the one thing that unites them is their desire to learn English.


Position Title: Volunteer ESL Classroom Aide/Tutor

Purpose Statement:

Provide support to Catholic Charities English language instructors by working one-on-one or in small groups with adult ESL students to practice their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills.

Reports to: Volunteer Coordinator


  • Bachelor’s Degree or current enrollment in a Bachelor’s Program
  • One year of teaching experience preferred but not required
  • Clearances Required: State Police, FBI Criminal Background, and Child Abuse Clearances
  • Fluency in the English language (no other languages required)
  • Transportation to teaching site


  • Participate in initial volunteer program training and attend ongoing professional development meetings
  • Collaborate with ESL instructor to carry out meaningful lessons for students
  • Meet one-on-one or in small groups with learners for at least two hours a week
  • Speak English during class time
  • Provide a caring and non-threatening environment for learners
  • Maintain a consistent weekly schedule and inform instructor if unable to attend

Skills Needed:

  • Flexibility
  • Patience
  • Cultural Sensitivity
  • Planning and Organizational Skills
  • Interpersonal Skills

Location and Scheduling:

Volunteers are needed Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-11 or Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6-8 PM in locations throughout Harrisburg.


  • Tutoring
  • Adult Education
  • English
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Two - Three hours a week
  • Bachelor's Degree

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