- What makes ESLC different from other tutoring programs?
- What is the volunteer application process?
- When and where do you tutor?
- Who can volunteer with ESLC?
- Why do I need to be trained and how involved is it?
- What does a tutor for ESLC do?
- I’m a student looking to get hours for service-learning. Can I do that with ESLC?
- My job keeps me very busy during the week, but I’m still interested in volunteering. Are there any opportunities for me?
What makes ESLC different from other tutoring programs?
ESLC combines professional, licensed educators who write lesson plans with trained volunteer tutors. Lesson planners and volunteer tutors collaborate through detailed notes (and conversations) to provide the best services possible to each student. In fact, lesson planners depend on regular volunteer feedback in order to tailor lessons to a child’s interests and needs. For more information, view our informational video.
What is the volunteer application process?
Fill out the online application, or print an application and return it via USPS or fax. Once your application has been reviewed, you’ll be contacted for a quick screening, and if it seems like you’re a good fit, we’ll schedule training. After training, we’ll run a criminal background check and a site coordinator will contact you to confirm a start date.
Who can volunteer with ESLC?
We strive for inclusivity and diversity in our volunteer pool. Anyone who is proficient in English, reliable and punctual, and able to share one hour a week is eligible to tutor with ESLC. No experience with childhood education necessary! Minimum age requirement is 15 years old. All potential volunteers must pass a criminal background check before beginning.
Why do I need to be trained and how involved is it?
The term “tutoring” encompasses many techniques and strategies. ESLC uses specific methods and activities to teach children key literacy skills, and we need to make sure that all of our tutors are providing the same level of attention and instruction to all of the students we serve. The training covers the most common activities and materials that a tutor will encounter in a tutoring session, with special attention paid to how to follow the lesson plan.
What does a tutor for ESLC do?
As a volunteer tutor with ESLC, you won’t simply be reading books to children or helping them with their homework. We provide essential supplementary instruction to struggling students, which means that, during each tutoring session, you will be following a detailed lesson plan which is focused on the specific problem areas for that child. Additionally, you will provide support and encouragement to your students. You will also be expected to communicate any problems, difficulties, or successes with ESLC staff.
I’m a student looking to get hours for service-learning. Can I do that with ESLC?
We work with many college and high school students who need to complete service learning hours. Our requirement is that tutors sign on for an entire school semester. This means that if you reach your allotted hour requirement mid-semester, we expect you to stay with us to the end of the semester. You are only expected to stay through the last day of classes at your institution, but we always appreciate when tutors stay on until our semester is done. If you are simply looking to fill a minimum number of hours and discontinue your volunteer service mid-semester, then ESLC is not the right place for you.
My job keeps me very busy during the week, but I’m still interested in volunteering. Are there any opportunities for me?
Although tutoring only takes place during the week, ESLC is happy to accommodate the schedules of busy professionals. Forming a tutoring team with your coworkers is a great way to volunteer without making a large time commitment. A team of two or more members can share the time commitment by alternating weeks of tutoring. Tutoring teams make it possible for us to have a tutor at the same time every week, and for you to share the responsibility with others, so you’re not taking time out of your busy schedule every week. Contact us to learn more about corporate partnerships.