- 2 hours/week for 6+ months
- 18+; pass background check; no prior ESL or teaching experience required
Is This the Right Fit for Me?
You are interested in getting to know someone over a period of time. You’re up for making a serious commitment to someone so that they can improve their reading skills and rely on you to be there. You love the idea of thinking of “real life” scenarios to work or think through with your student. (Or you’re eager to hear what others have tried!) You don’t have to have teaching experience; just a willingness to learn basic literacy techniques.
About Literacy Center of West Michigan
The Literacy Center of West Michigan serves adult native speakers and English language learners who read below a 9th grade level through a multi-faceted approach to improving literacy skills. They accomplish this mission by bringing about a just and vibrant Grand Rapids through a multifaceted approach to improving literacy skills.
What Others are Saying
"I wanted to volunteer in a one-on-one capacity, and I love reading. The well-organized training program helped me learn and practice teaching techniques with other tutors so I didn't go into the experience unprepared. I worked with my learner for two years, and it was great to hear her share stories with me from work or social settings where other people noticed her improvement. We also incorporated daily activities like ordering from a restaurant menu, grocery shopping together, and reading through ingredients. My learner was eager to learn and made it a priority! Teaching was a very gratifying experience."Sally
Contact the Organization
If you’re ready to ask some questions and get started, contact the Literacy Center of West Michigan directly.
What to Expect
Check out the schedule of orientations, then register for the one that works best for your schedule. There, you can learn more and then pick up a volunteer application. If you choose to begin, a ten-hour training workshop is offered several times a year with a variety of available times: weekdays, evenings, or weekends. Registration for training workshops is encouraged.