Volunteer Inquiry Form
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with English At Large!  Please take a few minutes to tell us about yourself, and to let us know your specific areas of volunteer interest.  The information you provide will guide our discussion and help us to place you in the role that is the best fit for your schedule and availability. 

If you prefer to talk to a member of our staff before submitting this inquiry, please call us at 781-395-2374.

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Volunteer Opportunities  (EAL has resumed in-person learner instruction for most programs.  PAL Beginner English and Career Access Lab programs remain online until further notice)
ONE-TO-ONE TUTOR: After completing three training workshops (three 3-hour sessions) to fully prepare you for this rewarding volunteer role, you will be matched with an adult learner in your area.  You and your learner will  meet weekly and work together to accomplish your learner's specific personal and professional goals. This is a weekly, 1.5 to 2- hour commitment for a minimum of 50 tutoring hours. 

CONVERSATION GROUP FACILITATOR: After being trained in a three-hour workshop, you will co-facilitate weekly group meetings to help intermediate/advanced ESOL learners practice their English conversation skills. This is a weekly, 2-hour commitment for a minimum of three months.

CAREER ACCESS LAB (CAL) VOLUNTEER: CAL volunteers help learners enrolled in the CAL program to develop their career readiness and workplace skills.  During the 15-week program, volunteers mentor learners during Mock Interview events and Resume Review sessions, and lend their expertise on a variety of workplace topics (e.g., crafting a professional introduction, networking, and building a LinkedIn profile). CAL volunteers choose their mentoring role, and commit to 2-3 hours per event.

INTAKE ASSESSOR: After attending a three-hour training class, you will interview prospective learners who are waiting to join the tutoring program, test their English level, and write a short summary of your interview.  You will also conduct a short exit interview with learners as they graduate from the tutoring program. This is a flexible role that requires a minimum of five learner interviews per intake cycle.

TEST ADMINISTRATOR: After attending a formal state-certified training, you will administer standardized listening/speaking or reading/writing tests to our learners. This is a flexible role that requires up to five assessments during our two annual testing periods.

BEGINNER ENGLISH PROGRAM: EAL Beginner English classes are taught by Tufts University student volunteers on the Tufts campus.  The evening classes meet twice weekly for 1.5 hours.  If you have ESL teaching certification or experience and would like to support the student volunteer teachers with observations and feedback, please contact EAL staff directly.  

SUMMER BOOK GROUP DISCUSSION LEADER:  EAL book groups strengthen English reading, speaking and writing skills.  Groups of 6-10 learners and a discussion leader meet weekly for 1.5 hours for a six-week summer session.  The Book Group Leader facilitates open discussion among all the group members, plans activities that provide speaking practice, and manages the flow and content of the discussion.  Discussion Leaders attend a two-hour, one-time training session at English At Large.

PROGRAM FOR AFGHAN LEARNERS (PAL): An intensive basic English communication skills class delivered online by a team of EAL volunteers.  Volunteers commit to co-teaching ONE weekly 90-minute class with another volunteer.  Volunteers receive training and ongoing support from EAL staff and from experts on trauma-informed teaching.  This new learner program will be piloted as a 6-week class in summer 2022, with the goal of expanding it to a longer program in fall 2022.
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Interested in CAL volunteer opportunities?  Please follow this link to fill out this brief interest form.  Our Programs Assistant will contact you with further information.
Special Projects
OFFICE VOLUNTEER:  Our small staff welcomes the support of Office Volunteers. Projects include learner and volunteer database maintenance, phone check-ins with learners on the Tutoring program waiting list, mailings, EAL library and online resource organization, and printing of instructional materials for training workshops.

LANGUAGE INTERPRETER (occasional need):   Many of our learners are in the early stages of their English journey and need interpretation during the application and intake process. This is a flexible role that may include conducting eligibility calls by telephone, supporting intake and English language assessments, and translating written communications. Interpreters should be proficient in English and a second language. Priority languages include Arabic, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

EVENTS VOLUNTEER: Do you want to help out, but aren’t able to make a weekly commitment? Events volunteers lend a hand at our volunteer, learner, community and fundraising events. Typical actives include staffing a registration table to welcome volunteers at EAL conference, appreciation, graduation, and other events, or being part of the venue set-up/clean-up team.

GRAPHIC DESIGN VOLUNTEER: Do you have expertise in Adobe Photoshop, Publisher, or Illustrator? Help English At Large create up-to-date marketing materials and publications.

FUNDRAISING AND MARKETING 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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