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Volunteer Adult ESL Instructor (Remote, Onsite or Hybrid)

International Rescue Committee
Working from home
Closing date
Sep 24, 2023

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Requisition ID: req43099

Job Title: Volunteer Adult ESL Instructor (Remote, Onsite or Hybrid)

Sector: Education

Employment Category: Volunteer

Employment Type: Part-Time

Compensation: USD 0.00 - 0.00 Hourly

Location: Elizabeth, NJ USA

TITLE: Volunteer Adult ESL Teacher

LOCATION: Elizabeth, New Jersey

DURATION: Minimum 3 teaching hours a week for 8 weeks with 6 months commitment

BACKGROUND: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. At work in over 40 countries and 26 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home.

SCOPE OF VOLUNTEER WORK: The IRC in New Jersey seeks volunteer instructors to support English language learning among recently arrived adult refugees and immigrants who have fled persecution in their home country and are rebuilding their lives in New Jersey. IRC will hold 1.5-hour morning, afternoon, or evening classes twice a week. Volunteers must commit to teaching a selected schedule every week for 8 weeks long session for at least 6 months.

  • Facilitate small to large group instruction using provided curriculum.
  • Design customized lesson plans based on provided curriculum to meet students'

learning needs.
  • Facilitate and support technology skills through online lessons to low digital literacy skills students.
  • Promote core competencies of English language skills needed to obtain and retain employment and achieve self-sufficiency.
  • Create a welcoming environment that fosters community and learning among program participants while interacting with diverse population.
  • Record attendance and prepare lesson materials effectively.
  • Timely documentation and submission of the Teacher Log after each class.
  • Communicate with Education and Learning staff to evaluate student progress, define weekly lesson objectives and summarize student learning outcomes.

This position reports to the Adult Education Coordinator

IRC leading the way From Harm To Home.


  • Experience teaching ESOL/EFL to adults in group settings.
  • TESOL certificate or working towards to receiving a TESOL certification is preferred.
  • Familiar with Zoom and other teaching related platforms.
  • Experience working with adult students from a variety of backgrounds, including those with limited formal education and/or literacy skills.
  • Excellent classroom management skills and confidence facilitating both large and small groups.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment.
  • Reliable, responsible, and dedicated to the position until the end of the session.
  • Fluency or familiarity with Spanish, Arabic, Pashto, Dari, Haitian Creole, or Swahili is a bonus, but not required.

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