If you're compassionate, fluent in English, and can volunteer for 3 or 4 hours per week, we want YOU to help a small group of Houston adults learn to speak English. You'll meet some amazing people, experience the joy and fulfillment of helping others succeed, and know that you're making Houston a better place for all of us!
NO prior teaching experience or second language is required. We have transitioned our ESL classes to meeting remotely. If this volunteer opportunity is for you, we'll train you (remotely, two 2-hour sessions, free), match you with a small group of adult learners and support you as you get started on the exciting and hugely rewarding activity of helping your neighbors learn English as a second (or third!) language (ESL).
* Our tours are currently suspended due to COVID-19. If you're interested, let us know and we'll set up a conversation! And, w hile it’s currently possible to volunteer from anywhere, we really value connecting learners and volunteers within the Greater Houston area. Something special happens when we’re all working together to benefit the (same) greater community.*
Please get in touch for further information, including how to get involved in a COVID-conscious way once we're able to return to in-person classes. Kindly check your spam account for our reply. Sometimes messages are blocked by email filters.
The mission of Memorial Assistance Ministries (MAM) is to ensure that families have the means to meet their basic needs. The Literacy Advance program at MAM works alongside adults to improve their English language and literacy skills so that they can achieve their goals of becoming engaged members of our Houston community.
Volunteers work with small groups of adults who are learning English (speaking and listening focus). Our approach empowers and equips volunteers to lead small groups in learning together around a table, rather than a "lecture-from-the-front" method, encouraging students to speak as much as possible.
Adults in English classes are placed according to their ability level, in groups of around 5 - 8 learners. Volunteers do not need to speak another language to lead a class, as we strongly encourage all classes to be conducted in English. This program is known as ESL (English as a Second Language). We provide training, resources, and plenty of support.
Volunteers have flexibility when selecting a schedule from a variety of options, across three semesters every year. Core classes are held twice a week (Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday for 2 hours each lesson) or once a week (Friday or Saturday, for 3 hours each lesson). Each core class meets for a total of 48 hours of class time - classes that meet twice a week are scheduled for 12 weeks, and classes that meet once a week are scheduled for 16 weeks.
There are other, shorter, options for supplemental classes; these vary so get in touch to learn more!