Teach conversational English to low-income seniors


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


1720 MacArthur BlvdOakland, CA 94602
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Are you a certified ESL teacher or TESOL student? Are you bilingual and interested in helping non-native English language learners learn to communicate? We house many immigrant seniors who struggle to communicate with the broader English-speaking community and would love to takes some classes to be able to interact with others and navigate systems. Are you interested in giving back to share your skills with low-income seniors? Would you like to gain experience and practice hours teaching? If so, our seniors would love to have you!


Create, lead and plan activities for each class. This specific community would benefit most from a less-regimented curriculum. Greet attendees and make them feel welcome. Provide encouragement and relay any concerns to staff. Help residents build confidence as they learn new skills.

Skills needed:

  • ESL teacher certification preferred but not required
  • Friendly and patient attitude
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills and a positive personality and demeanor
  • Spanish speaking/bilingual preferred but not required


Volunteers will gain teaching experience with low-income and under-served populations, as well as the opportunity to develop and teach their own curriculum. Build relationships with residents and get to know them. Give back to the community by sharing your skill and expertise with others.

Time commitment:

Volunteer must commit to providing at least six (preferably ongoing) hour-long classes on a regular weekly schedule. Classes must be held within the window of 9am-5pm on weekday afternoons.


  • Adult Education
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • English
  • Cantonese / Mandarin

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Weekday availability, one hour weekly
  • Friday afternoons preferred

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