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 http://worldreliefseattle.org/furnish-a-home/, 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.

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. Email Robbie at RAdams@wr.org or call the office at 253-277-1121 x261 if you have any questions.

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