World Relief matches volunteers with opportunities to assist in our English classes in order to help newly arrived refugees and asylees improve their English and prepare them for self-sufficiency in the United States.


Summer Teaching Internship: We offer short-term (2-8 week) summer volunteer teaching opportunities from July-September for TESOL students and graduates. Email Liz Nelson at to learn more and apply. 


ESL Classroom Assistant:

  • Assist non-native speakers in learning the basics of the English language

  • Work one-on-one or with small groups in class

  • Assist ESL teachers in a multicultural, multi-level classroom

  • Communicate consistently with ESL teachers and Volunteer Coordinator about student needs

  • Help familiarize students with American customs and cultures

  • Class Schedule: Mon-Thurs, 8-11am (intermediate/advanced) and 1:30-4:30pm (literacy/beginner)


  • Ability to assist on a weekly or consistent basis (minimum commitment of 3 months)

  • Sensitivity to persons of culturally diverse backgrounds

  • High degree of patience, understanding, and flexibility

  • Attend a Volunteer Orientation within 2 months of starting service

  • Log volunteer hours each week

  • Pass a Federal Background Check

  • NO previous ESL experience or TEFL/TESOL certification required

Interested in volunteering with ESL? The first step is to fill out a volunteer application. We will review the application and then send you an access code to RSVP to a volunteer training

All volunteers are required to attend a volunteer training, complete an application, and undergo a background checks before starting. At the training you will learn about World Relief's work, the refugees and immigrants we serve, and what it looks like to come alongside them as volunteers in different roles