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Iowa International Center

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Iowa International Center

Are you interested in helping refugees and immigrants get out of poverty?

Iowa International Center (IIC) is seeking enthusiastic, dedicated volunteer instructors and assistants for our Accessible ELL (English Language Learning) Program. For immigrants and refugees, language and literacy development is key to succeeding in their new community. As a volunteer instructor or assistant, you can provide the support New Iowans need to increase their English language skills by:

  • Providing classroom and one-on-one English instruction and support for adult immigrants and refugees
  • Fostering a fun, dynamic learning environment with patience, enthusiasm, and encouragement
  • Planning engaging lessons and bringing in outside materials to enrich the provided course books
  • Committing to the duration of a 3-month quarter (minimum time requirement: 1.5 hours per week plus prep time)
  • Bringing your knowledge to the classroom! Teaching experience a plus but not required

You’ll have the opportunity to build your intercultural skills, create community connections, and participate in ongoing training opportunities.

About IIC & Accessible ELL Program

IIC has served Iowans with multilingual resources, educational opportunities, and international exchange programs for 80 years. Our Accessible ELL program provides free English language classes to adult learners, minimizing barriers to access by offering classes where people are already gathering or have familiarity. Classes are typically 1.5 hours long and are held one to three times a week in three locations around the Greater Des Moines area.

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About Iowa International Center


3839 Merle Hay Road, SUITE 259, Des Moines, IA 50310, US

Mission Statement

We build cultural respect at home and around the world one person at a time.


Founded in 1938, the Iowa International Center began by welcoming and providing safety for refugees fleeing Germany and Poland. For over 75 years, we have provided personal and professional opportunities linking Iowans with peoples from around the world. The Iowa International Center also provides access to critical resources to Iowans, new Iowans (including refugees and immigrants), and international visitors in Iowa to help our state become a more inclusive and welcoming place to live, work and raise a family.

The Iowa International Center's key programs and activities include the following:

Multilingual Resources for New Iowans, Refugees and Immigrants - Welcometoiowa.org and a free 24/7 Statewide Emergency Interpretation Hotline.

Interpretation and Translation Services - professional interpretation and document translation.

The Sehgal Foundation International Visitors Center - we host more than 130 global leaders annually for professional exchanges and local hosting opportunities.

Education & Literacy
Immigrants & Refugees


We'll work with your schedule.


3839 Merle Hay RoadSte. 259Des Moines, IA 50310



  • Adult Education
  • Literacy / Reading
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • Relationship Building
  • Tutoring


  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 5 hours/week

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