ESL Tutor

Name of agency and statement of purpose:  The Karen Organization of Minnesota’s (KOM) mission is to enhance the quality of life for Karen and other refugees from Burma in Minnesota by assisting refugees to settle, integrate and become increasingly self-sufficient while fostering cultural knowledge and understanding.

Title: ESL Tutor

Purpose/objective: In KOM’s ESL Class, Karen and other refugees from Burma learn basic English skills in a classroom environment. The goal of the ESL Tutor is to assist the teacher in providing a supportive class environment for students.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Help the instructor with teaching lessons
  • Lead small group activities
  • Tutor students one-on-one

Time commitment: Available at least two hours per week during the daytime (Monday – Thursday, 9:30am – 11:30am; 12:00 – 1:00pm) and commit to a 2-month minimum volunteer period

Location: KOM’s Office

Qualifications: Patient, flexible and self-motivated college students or adults who have a passion to teach English as a second language and other valuable skills to students with limited English proficiency

Benefits: The ESL Tutor has the opportunity to grow their ESL teaching skills, build their leadership skills, and enhance their cross-cultural communication skills.

How to apply/contact: Please complete KOM’s Volunteer Application online or contact Suzanne Olive to receive a paper application. Volunteers must have attended the ESL Tutor Pre-Service Training at the Minnesota Literacy Council (or a similar training) before starting to volunteer. KOM will also connect the ESL Tutor with instructors from Fairview Community Center.

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