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8888 E 13th Ave.Denver, CO 80220


For a full description of our program and to get an application, PLEASE visit our website, instead of replying via the "I want to help" button, above.

Did you know that more than 1,000 refugees come to Denver each year, seeking safe haven from war, political oppression, religious and ethnic discrimination, or fear of persecution for their beliefs? You can help a refugee's transition.

In the Colorado Refugee ESL Home Tutoring Program, community volunteers teach ESL and acculturation in refugee students' homes. You visit with your student for a minimum of two hours per week. We ask that you continue for a minimum of four months.

At this time, most of Denver's refugees come from Burma, Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Bhutan (ethnic Nepalese), and Iraq. Why volunteer to tutor? Many adult refugees are housebound, with no access to ESL classes. There are also many senior citizens within newly-arrived refugee families as well as refugees who carry the long-term health effects of living in harsh camp conditions, thus preventing them from going to school or even accessing the community around them.

All tutoring takes place in the student's home. Most refugees live in east Denver and Aurora, with the largest concentration near Yosemite and Colfax, and smaller groups scattered throughout the city.

Tutors do not need to speak their student's language. Volunteers must attend a free training. Sessions are offered six times a year, all day on a Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Applications and current upcoming training dates are on our website.

To register for training, go to the Website, and click on the menu item for "apply to our program." Download, fill out, and submit your application. Once your application has been received, you'll be enrolled in the next scheduled training.

Again, please go to our website, for an in-depth program description and to sign up to volunteer!


  • English
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Cross-cultural Communication

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 3 hours per week for at least 4 months
  • Volunteers must have the transportation means to travel to students' homes. Most students live in ne
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