Tutoring English & Civics for Refugees and Survivors of Torture

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Bilingual International Assistant Services

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You can help a refugee from a war-torn country or oppressive government reach their most desired goal - TO BE AN AMERICAN CITIZEN. Our volunteers help provide the one-on-one, in-home English and Civics instruction necessary to pass the citizenship exam. You do NOT have to speak any language other than English and do not need any prior teaching experience. It only takes an hour or two per week.

The legal residents we serve have not been able to benefit from classroom instruction, are often homebound, and are not very familiar with US culture and laws. Your involvement will make them feel better understood and more connected to their new community. Your patience and kindness will leave a lasting memory, an improved ability to communicate, and greater independence.

Most of our clients reside in South St. Louis and South County; however, we also have clients in University City and Chesterfield.

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About Bilingual International Assistant Services


1329 Macklind Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110, US

Mission Statement

Our mission is to ensure equal access to healthcare, mental health, and social services for all, regardless of national origin or language ability, through the advocacy, education, and direct multilingual services that we provide.


Bilingual International Assistant Services is a not-for-profit 501 (C) (3) organization established in May, 2002 by stateless refugee women. Bilingual International was founded as a response to the unmet needs of foreign-born seniors who had limited ability in the English language, were unable to navigate the intricate system of care, and often voiced fear over their future and livelihood.

In 2005, the agency began serving US-born older adults, who, despite knowledge of English, lacked knowledge of the system of care and resources. Poverty stricken, isolated seniors who were also home bound and frail sought our services to help them improve their living situations, overcome anxieties, and increase their ability to maintain community living.

In 2016, Bilingual International welcomed two long-time partner agencies: the Center for Survivors of Torture and War Trauma and the Places for People Faith Team. These recent additions have enhanced the agency’s service portfolio - especially to refugees and survivors of state-sanctioned torture.

Free of negative bias, we advocate for and encourage legislation that promotes statewide accessible, appropriate health and social services for under-served individuals and populations. Through our services and proven track record, we not only live our mission - we go beyond expectations to help our elderly and foreign-born communities.


We'll work with your schedule.


1329 Macklind AveSt. Louis, MO 63110



  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
  • Adult Education


  • People 55+


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1-2 hours per week for up to 6 months

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