Refugee Life Skills (ESL) Teacher Assistant


Cause Areas


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


3443 N. Central AveNorth RotundaPhoenix, AZ 85012


The clients we serve require basic social services to transition to their new lives in the United States and education in English language and other skills. English is an integral part of their resettlement process. Few clients who do not speak English can successfully find employment and attain quality of life for themselves and their families after years of violence, trauma and the struggle to survive with meager resources. Because English language competency is necessary for most employment in the United States, clients require special assistance practicing material from the formal ESL classes offered through our agency.

Responsibilities and key deliverables
  • Assistant volunteer teachers to provide small group survival English language instruction focused on Life Skills to adult refugee and asylee students and facilitate discussion to increase students’ language skills.
  • Help plan interactive activities designed to improve English vocabulary, speaking, writing, and reading skills.
  • Assist in the development of appropriate curriculum to meet the Life Skills ESL program goals.
  • Maintain attendance records and sign-in sheets for participants.
  • Help clients with assigned ELT homework as needed
  • Provide a safe environment for practicing English language conversation.

Previous foreign language learning or teaching experience helpful but not required.

Working conditions

The volunteer will complete tasks in a classroom at the LSS-SW Refugee & Immigration office.

Clearances required & training

This role requires a fingerprint clearance card ($65) volunteers are responsible for the cost. All LSS-SW volunteers will complete a central registry background check at a volunteer orientation (no cost). Further training will be provided by staff.

Location & timeframe

The volunteer will serve at the Refugee & Immigration office located at 3443 N. Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012. Volunteer shifts are available Tues-Thurs 9:30am to 11:30am OR 11:00am to 1:00pm.


  • Adult Education
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • English

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 3 month commitment required.

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