In-Home Refugee ESL Tutor (English as a Second Language)


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


Various locations in or near Refugee Homes(mainly in the South Hills)Pittsburgh, PA 15227
NAMS Refugee Services


Each year families and individuals from all parts of the world, who have fled their homes in fear of persecution, make Pittsburgh their home. As one of the resettlement programs in Pittsburgh, NAMS welcomes and assists these refugees as they arrive and resettle in our city. We provide all basic services needed to establish a new life.

Many of our clients are unable to travel for ESL classes due to childcare concerns, mobility limitations or time constraints, but they still need the crucial language skills to thrive in seeking employment, attaining citizenship and every day tasks of living. We are seeking In-Home or Near-Home ESL tutors to help them on this path.

This can be a flexible arrangement based on your and the family's schedule. A one day training would be coordinated through GPLC (Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council) who can offer you general advice and will be testing the families to recommend specific curricula for them. NAMS staff will train regarding working with refugee clients as well as be available for ongoing volunteer support, including additional trainings and guidance, if necessary.

  • NAMS Refugee Program will provide volunteer orientation specifically focused on working with refugees.
  • Most of our families live in the South Hills so travel to that area would probably be necessary.
  • 4 visits a month is best for learning retention. At least 2 visits a month is required. Recommended - 1.5 to 2 hour long sessions.
  • Volunteership commitment lasts for 6 months.


  • Arabic
  • Swahili
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
  • French
  • Tutoring
  • Adult Education

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 4-8 Hours a Month

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