ESL Classroom Assistant

Purpose:  World Relief matches volunteers with opportunities tutoring English and/or assisting in our ESL classes in order to help clients improve their English and prepare them for self-sufficiency in the United States.


  • Assist non-native speakers in learning the basics of the English language.
  • Work one-on-one or with small group.
  • As a classroom assistant, assist ESL teachers in Kent in a multicultural, multi-level classroom.
  • As a tutor, tutor ESL on-site at World Relief in Kent or at client’s home, as arranged.
  • As a tutor, tailor instruction to individual student requirements.
  • Communicate consistently with ESL teachers and Volunteer Coordinator about refugee needs.

Extra opportunities:

  • Help familiarize student(s) with American culture and customs.
  • Facilitate “donation procurement” from your church or neighborhood community, on behalf of student(s).  Gather/sort basic items for family’s first apartment or NW climate; (see, for sample list, or request more info).


  • Ability to tutor / assist on a consistent basis (minimum commitment of 3 months).
  • Sensitivity to persons of culturally diverse backgrounds.
  • High degree of patience, understanding, and flexibility.
  • Attend “Volunteer Orientation” training within 2 months of starting service.
  • Record and report monthly volunteer hours served, as detailed in the Volunteer Orientation.
  • Pass Federal Background Check; and if transporting, driving record check.
  • NO previous ESL experience or TEFL/TESOL certification required.


The first step to volunteering is to visit our Events page to find out when and where the next volunteer training will be and RSVP to attend.  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.  After attending the training, all volunteers must complete an application and background checks before starting.