Volunteer opportunities

Want to make a difference for local immigrants in your community?  EAL offers a full menu of volunteer opportunities with access to a network of training and support.

In addition to the opportunities listed below, we current have an immediate need for volunteers to help us as:

EAL Volunteer Test Administrator

EAL Program Support Volunteer

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One-to-one Tutors

To be an English tutor, you don’t need previous teaching experience. You don’t even need to know another language.

As a volunteer one-to-one tutor with English At Large, you will be:

  • Trained in a 12-hour workshop series to learn the essentials of a successful tutoring relationship.
  • Matched with an adult learner in your area.
  • Encouraged to work with your learner for 1½ – 2 hours per week, always in a public space—usually a library. (You and your learner will agree on the time and place.)
  • Expected to make a minimum commitment of 50 contact hours with your learner.
Beginner English Teaching Support

English At Large Beginner English classes are taught on Tufts University (Medford) and Brandeis University (Waltham) campuses by student volunteers. The 90-minute Beginner English classes meet two days a week during the fall and spring academic semesters. If you have a Masters in TESOL, a CELTA or TEFL ESL teaching certificate, or have experience teaching ESL in the U.S. or abroad, and are interested in supporting the student volunteers at either university with classroom observations and feedback, please contact our staff. This flexible volunteer role provides welcome support and development for the volunteer teachers, as well as an opportunity to see Beginner Classes in action.

Conversation Group Facilitator

Conversation Groups help English learners to build fluency skills and speaking confidence. Each Conversation Group of up to 12 adult English learners from intermediate to advanced levels is led by two co-facilitators. This is a weekly, 1½-hour commitment for a minimum of three months.

As a group leader, you will receive a four-hour training to learn how to:

  • Create a constructive and engaging learner-centered environment
  • Encourage active conversation among participants
  • Work with multi-level English learners
  • Select the most beneficial conversation topics
Book Club Group Leader

The English At Large Book Group provides opportunities for intermediate to advanced English learners to practice reading, speaking, and writing skills.  Groups of 10-12 learners meet with their discussion leader and group each week for 1½ hours, for a 6-week session. Learners do the assigned reading before the meeting, and might also be assigned a different discussion role to prepare for the next meeting. Learner preparation includes 1-2 hours of reading and approximately 30 minutes of discussion role preparation each week.

The Book Group Discussion Leader’s main role is to facilitate book or short story discussion for groups of 10-12 intermediate to advanced English learners.  Group leaders plan activities that promote interactive speaking practice and engage learners.  Learners will be encouraged to develop the discussion topics and to participate in small and large group speaking activities. This role requires a 3-hour weekly commitment for 6 weeks, including 1½ hours of weekly meeting time. Discussion leaders read the short story or book prior to the start of session, and plan group discussion activities in advance.

Intake Assessor

Interview prospective learners to determine their eligibility for the English At Large tutoring program and test their English level. This role has a flexible schedule where volunteers can conduct as few as two interviews per month, or as many as you like.

As an interviewer, you will receive a one-hour training session to learn how to:

  • Determine a learner’s goals for learning English
  • Gather basic demographic information
  • Administer a brief reading/writing and listening/speaking test
  • Evaluate all of the information you collect to fully understand the needs of our learners.
Test Administrator

This important volunteer function helps English At Large track the language progress of our learners.

As a test administrator, you will complete formal state certification training and administer standardized speaking or writing tests to our learners. Test Administrators can administer as many or as few tests as they like per month, though much of the testing must be completed in May and June.

Career Access Lab (CAL) Volunteer

Our Career Access Lab (CAL) welcomes volunteers willing to share their experience in the U.S. workforce

CAL volunteers support the Career Readiness Group, a 15-week program that covers the skills needed to start a career in the US. The topics include resumes, cover letters, networking skills, job interview skills, and information about US workforce culture.

Volunteers may choose to:

  • Visit the CAL Group to co-facilitate a career lesson
  • Provide Career Mentoring to a CAL participant
  • Offer feedback at the Resume Review Event
  • Conduct interviews at the Mock Interview Event
  • Participate in the Networking Event

For more information on volunteering in CAL, please contact the program facilitator at americorps@englishatlarge.org

Changing Volunteer Opportunities

If you don’t have time for a weekly volunteer commitment, consider one of our other volunteer roles:

Event Volunteer

Event volunteers lend a hand at our volunteer, learner, community, and fundraising events. Typical activities include staffing a raffle table, food table or information booth, greeting guests, registering attendees, or being part of the set-up/clean-up team.

Fundraising & Grant-Writing Volunteer

Help us grow to serve more newcomers by conveying why English At Large is important in your community through fundraisers and grants.

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Fun in the office today giving feedback to one of our learners on the English he uses as a ballroom dance instructor at @SuperShagStudio

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Learner graduates share their experience with their volunteer tutors.

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Gain great experience and make a difference! Apply today!Looking for hands-on, substantive work experience and a chance to make a difference? We still have slots available for NAIP 2018-19. Teach English, help immigrants adapt to life in the U.S., help aspiring citizens apply... Learn more & apply today! bit.ly/apply-naip. ... See MoreSee Less

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There are two #Woburn organizations with openings for 2018-2019 NAIP AmeriCorps members! Your service will help local immigrants secure employment and advance their career. Apply today!Where will YOU serve? NAIP AmeriCorps opportunities are still available in Woburn, Gloucester, Peabody, Lynn/Lawrence/Lowell, Chelsea, Quincy, Framingham, and Boston!

Action for Boston Community Development The Chelsea Collaborative English At Large English for New Bostonians JFS of Metrowest JVS Boston North Shore Community Action Programs Quincy Asian Resources, Inc. Wellspring House YMCA International Learning Center YMCA Training, Inc. Boston

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We are still recruiting for an AmeriCorps Member for 2018-2019!Applications are still open to join New American Integration Program in 2018-2019! View our openings in Greater Boston, Framingham, Merrimack Valley, Woburn, Gloucester & Peabody here: www.miracoalition.org/apply-to-naip-americorps

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What are your favorite foods? Where do you like to eat? These questions lead to great discussions in our summer Conversation Groups! Participants learned new vocabulary, shared their culture with recipes on favorite dishes from their home country, and picked up some great tips on where to eat locally. Thanks to the Waltham Public Library for partnering with us to deliver this important local program! ... See MoreSee Less

What are your favorite foods?  Where do you like to eat? These questions lead to great discussions in our summer Conversation Groups!  Participants learned new vocabulary, shared their culture with recipes on favorite dishes from their home country, and picked up some great tips on where to eat locally.  Thanks to the Waltham Public Library for partnering with us to deliver this important local program!Image attachmentImage attachment

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AmeriCorps Members help deliver services to thousands of local immigrants in local communities across Greater Boston! Applications are still being accepted for the 2018-2019 program year!Five of our NAIP members who have dedicated this past year to removing barriers to employment for immigrants and refugees in Massachusetts are ending service tomorrow, and three more are ending service at the end of the month! Congratulations to these soon-to-be alums of the New American Integration Program for their outstanding achievements!

NAIP 2017-2018 Leaders in Job Readiness Training:

Catalina Bello Puentes, Isaac Fuhrman & Aviva Herr-Welber, JVS Boston
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This morning EAL staff put on their dancing shoes to give feedback to one of our learner's on the English he uses for his work as a ballroom dance instructor at SuperShag Dance Studios in Waltham. Interested in dancing with Imi? We highly recommend it! www.supershag.com/imre-gombkoto.html ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you En Ka Society for supporting life-changing services for Winchester immigrants!  We value your partnership in service to the community.

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We have posted the gallery of pictures from our first-ever Learner Graduation Event!  Congratulations to the graduates and thanks to the wonderful volunteer tutors who supported their success!  http://www.englishatlarge.org/events/2018-learner-graduation-event/

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