ESL Conversation Partner With a Refugee

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Church World Service

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Teacher and student during an ESL lesson.

Share your knowledge of the English language and American culture while simultaneously building relationships with newly arrived refugees of different cultures and background. Teach new arrivals how to communicate in English and navigate American systems through activities and practice. Work one-on-one or in a small group with refugees to better improve their English skills, either at their apartment or at a public cafe or library.


  • Practice everyday conversational English by helping newly arrived refugee navigate the American culture.
  • Practice pronunciation, grammar, slang, and job-related terms
  • Write notes of what took place and any important information the office needs to know.

*Before you can begin we require all our volunteers to attend a volunteer orientation here at our office (112 S. Duke St. Suite 4B, Durham, NC 27701.)We also require you to submit a clean background check. This can be obtained from your local county courthouse. It costs $25 and takes 5-10 minutes. You can bring the background check to the orientation or bring/send it to the office (address above.)

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About Church World Service


112 South Duke Street, Durham, NC 27701, US

Mission Statement

The Church World Service Immigration and Refugee Program is committed to advancing the Triangle as a safe and welcoming home for new arrivals. We work to connect our clients with community resources in order to meet their immediate needs, promote long-term self-sufficiency, and take back control of their lives.


Church World Service is one of 10 U.S. voluntary agencies upon which the U.S. Refugee Program depends to welcome refugees to America. CWS affiliate agencies work hand-in-hand with seven participating denominations, local congregational cosponsors, and many other community volunteers to ensure that the newcomers have food, clothing, and other essentials as they help refugees learn English, find their way around town, enroll their children in school, look for work, and quickly become self-sufficient.


We'll work with your schedule.


112 South Duke StreetDurham, NC 27701



  • Tutoring
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Financial Literacy
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
  • Adult Education
  • Reading / Writing




  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • Once a Week, 1-2 hours per visit.
  • Cross-cultural communication skills, patience, respect

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