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Volunteers aid both children and adults in refugee families in navigating the appropriate educational resources.
Volunteers assist the family in registering children for school, act as liaisons between schools and the family, and tutor children in English as a Second Language (ESL) and other academic skills. Tasks may include:
Accompanying parents to school registration and aiding them in completing required paperwork
Working with teachers and other school staff to aid a family in communicating effectively with
Educating a family on the American school system (attendance requirements, school calendars, parent's rights, etc.)
Researching extracurricular activities and communicating with program organizers and coaches
Tutoring children in ESL and academic subjects
Volunteers also work with adult family members, primarily in the area of English language tutoring. Tasks may include:
Coordinating the schedules of ESL tutors
Researching and registering adult family members for ESL services outside of DARA (Literacy Volunteers of America, etc.)
Tutoring adults in English as a Second Language or to prepare them for situational needs, such as job interviews
Coordinating donations or loans of educational materials
The first step for prospective volunteers is to complete DARA's Volunteer Application, which you can find at https://www.daract.org/get-involved. We look forward to receiving your application.
Literacy / Reading
English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
Driver's License Needed
Must be at least 18
Orientation or Training
Volunteers should be reliable, patient, flexible, and culturally sensitive.