Volunteers are needed to teach a Pre-Literacy class or Citizenship class and interact with elderly refugees from Burundi, Congo, Ethiopia, Cuba, Bhutan, Myanmar, Vietnam and Iraq. You have the opportunity to help them on the pathway to citizenship.
Background: Our agency, the Area Agency on Aging, Region One is part of a national network of organizations established to respond to the needs of older adults. The agency sponsors the Elder Refugee Program through the Department of Economic Security (DES) Refugee program.
We need your help teaching, co-teaching, or tutoring elder refugees in our Pre-Literacy and Citizenship Classes. Our volunteers in this program help refugees learn and improve their English language skills and prepare for US citizenship. Elder refugees escaped persecution and are looking for a better life in Arizona. Our students are first-time learners and want to become independent. The Elder Refugee program offers teachers the opportunity to work with refugees from all over the world.
Job Description: We offer several different opportunities for volunteers looking to assist with the Pre-Literacy and Citizenship classes-
- Teach a Pre-Literacy Class
- Co-teach a Pre-Literacy Class
- Tutor elder refugees one-on-one to prepare for US citizenship test
Volunteers should be able to commit to a 10-week class session. Classes are held at apartment complexes and senior centers around Phoenix on weekdays for 2 hours, 2 days per week for 10 weeks. We ask that volunteers be able to make the 10 week commitment because our students need reliable teachers for educational continuity.
Experience: Volunteers should be professional, patient, and speak the English language. Experience teaching or tutoring is helpful, but not a requirement. Volunteers assist students with basic literacy, reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.
Training: There is a training component to this position; volunteer orientation and two English Language trainings before beginning volunteering.
For more information, to obtain an application, and to set up an interview, contact Andria Cubero- firstname.lastname@example.org, 602-280-1054.
- Literacy / Reading
- Adult Education
- Teaching / Instruction
- English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
- Reading / Writing
- General Education
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- 2 hours, 2 days per week for 10 weeks