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Adult Education Volunteer

International Rescue Committee
United States
Closing date
Sep 24, 2023

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Job Role
Requisition ID: req43100

Job Title: Adult Education Volunteer

Sector: Education

Employment Category: Volunteer

Employment Type: Part-Time

Compensation: USD 0.00 - 0.00 Hourly

Location: Elizabeth, NJ USA

Adult Education Volunteer

TITLE: Adult Education Volunteer

LOCATION: Elizabeth, NJ

START DATE: July 15, 2023.

DURATION: 5-15 hours per week

POSITION REPORTS TO: Adult Education Coordinator

BACKGROUND: International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. At work in more than 40 countries and over 20 U.S. cities, the IRC provides resettlement, education and empowerment support to refugees and displaced people.

SCOPE OF VOLUNTEER WORK: The Adult Education Volunteer assists newly arrived refugee clients in a multi-level and culturally diverse English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classroom to gain English literacy and comprehension skills. This volunteer will also assist in supporting logistics for cultural orientation (CO) classes, where newly arrived refugee clients gain an understanding of community resources and expectations for the resettlement period.

  • Cultural Orientation (CO)
  • Provide logistical assistance for remote CO sessions, including scheduling CO sessions with clients, technical support, preparing materials, and helping with documentation, among other tasks.
  • Provide logistical assistance for onsite CO classes, including scheduling CO sessions with clients, setting up the physical classroom space, preparing materials, ordering lunch, and helping with documentation, among other tasks.
  • Contact clients and provide reminders before each CO class.
  • After CO, conduct and document assessments with each client to assess their understanding of cultural orientation content.
  • After CO, provide resources and information requested by the clients.
  • Facilitate CO classes in one-on-one and group settings as needed in English or other languages with interpreters.

  • Volunteers will learn about refugee resettlement and refugee social services.
  • Volunteers will develop administrative, digital literacy, and presentation skills.
  • Volunteers will learn how to interact with multicultural and limited English-speaking clients.
  • Volunteers will learn about the various management responsibilities of a complex educational program.
  • Volunteers will learn to coordinate and communicate with stakeholders to plan and implement educational workshops and special events.
  • Volunteers will learn to work with a diverse staff


  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certificate or degree is strongly preferred.
  • Undergraduate studies in education, humanities, social sciences, international relations, or a related field.
  • Must convey confidence, have effective communication skills, and exhibit excellent attention to detail.
  • Desired languages but not required: Spanish, Haitian Creole, Arabic, Dari/Farsi, Pashto, or Kiswahili.
  • Strong desire to help refugees rebuild their lives in New Jersey.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a multicultural environment.
  • Patience, understanding, flexibility, and an unceasingly positive attitude.
  • Willing to learn about IRC history, philosophy, global work, and local efforts.
  • Willing to adhere to IRC volunteer and workplace policies.

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