ESL Opportunities

English as a Second Language (ESL) Volunteer Opportunities:

Refugees arrive in the U.S. at different stages of learning English: some are fluent while others do not know any English and are not literate in their own language. We work with numerous partners to ensure that refugees have multiple opportunities to learn English and connect to English speakers.

World Relief Durham: Vocational ESL Classes

1. ESL Teaching Assistant

  • Volunteers serve once a week during ESL classes to coach refugee groups and tutor them
  • Schedule:
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.- 12 p.m.
2. Childcare Provider
  • Volunteers provide childcare for refugees taking ESL classes
  • Volunteers must be willing to commit to a minimum of 2 months

Church of the Good Shepherd: ESL Classes (click here for schedule)

1. Hospitality

  • Volunteers provide refreshments for the class; setup and clean up from class

2. Childcare

  • Provide childcare for refugees taking ESL classes

3. ESL Teacher

  • Teach ESL classes

4. ESL Assistant

  • Coach refugees in ESL, assist teacher and answer questions
  • Schedule:
    • Saturdays in June, 9 – 11 a.m.
    • A bus departs from Oak Creek Village Apartments at 8:30 a.m. and provides transportation to the classes at Church of the Good Shepherd.

ESL Conversation Partner:

1. Partnership
  • Volunteers practice conversational English with an individual refugee for at least one hour per week. The time of the meeting is determined by the volunteer and the refugee.


Eagle’s Nest Tutoring:

1. ESL Tutor

  • Assist immigrant elementary school students with reading and writing English at All Saints Church in Durham
  • Schedule
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:45-6 p.m.