Remote Volunteer Opportunities

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Remote Volunteer Opportunities

Partner with people in your community who are learning English, computer skills, preparing for citizenship or the GED. Meet new people and work with them to build literacy skills and achieve their goals through distance education.

Join us!

  • No experience or diploma needed - we’ll provide all necessary training.
  • English speakers of all levels are welcome and encouraged to volunteer.
  • A computer with access to a webcam and reliable internet service as well as familiarity with Zoom required.
  • Ability to commit to 2-3 hours per week for at least 3 months required.
  • We strongly encourage volunteers who are people of color, indigenous, immigrants and refugees, LGBTQIA2S+ and people with disabilities.

Evening ESL Small Group Facilitator

Are you a looking for a way to help in your community? Do you prefer small group interactions over large group settings? Then this might be the perfect opportunity for you! Literacy Minnesota is looking for volunteers interested in partnering with learning centers to facilitate small group activities.

Duties:

  • Prepare for classes ahead of time be reviewing materials provided by coordinators
  • Make copies of curriculum slides and annotate as needed
  • Lead and participate in breakout room activities
  • Listen actively and encourage learner participation

Schedule:  Classes run for 2 hours a night from Monday-Thursday. Pre-beginning 4-6 PM (high need!), Beginning & Intermediate 6-8 PM. Choose one shift per week.

For more information or to get started, Fill out an application or email meichinger@literacymn.org with questions. 

Conversation Circle Assistant

Are you a great listener? Do you enjoy learning about other individuals' experiences and stories? Literacy Minnesota is looking for volunteers to listen to and support learners who are practicing conversational English in a relaxed setting.

  • Lead conversation breakout groups with 2-3 participants.

  • Volunteer for 1-2 Conversation Circles per week. 

  • Volunteers need to be comfortable using Zoom.

  • No experience or diploma needed - we will provide all necessary training.

  • English speakers of all levels are welcomed and encouraged to volunteer.

  • Must be 18 years old to volunteer.

  • You will need a computer/tablet with a webcam and reliable internet service.

We strongly encourage volunteers who are people of color, indigenous, immigrants and refugees, LGBTQIA2S+ and people with disabilities.

Development Opportunities

We are also excited to offer expanded roles to volunteers who have more teaching expertise or who are looking to gain more experience, including curriculum development, and facilitating Conversation Circles. Please ask for more information!

Conversation Circles Times and Location:

  • Conversation Circles run Mon-Thurs, 3:15-4:45pm.

  • Conversation Circles are held online using the Zoom video call application.

For more information or to get started, Fill out an application or email meichinger@literacymn.org with questions. 

Northstar Digital Literacy Tutor or Co-Teacher

Help adult learners develop and prove their digital literacy skills to allow them to achieve their goals.

Duties:

  • Before tutoring sessions, read through lesson materials.
  • Utilizing Northstar curriculum and materials, teach new skills and guide learners in practice.
  • Work collaboratively with the learner and coordinator and others to share and document progress toward learner’s goals

One-on-One Northstar Digital Literacy Tutor:  Tutor a learner in basic computer skills one day per week for 60-90 minutes.

Northstar Digital Literacy Co-Teacher:  In partnership with another volunteer teacher, co-teach a group of about five learners in basic computer skills one day per week for two hours.

For more information or to get started, Fill out an application or email meichinger@literacymn.org with questions. 

Evening Advanced ESL Co-Teacher

Are you a looking for a way to help in your community? Do you want to work with other volunteer teachers to lead a class? Then this might be the perfect opportunity for you! Literacy Minnesota is looking for volunteers interested in partnering with learning centers to offer Advanced ESL Classes.

 Duties:

  • Prepare for classes ahead of time by reviewing materials provided by coordinators by making copies of lesson slides and annotating, as needed.
  • Work with other volunteer co-teachers to open the Zoom meeting, take attendance and demonstrate and lead activities.
  • Adapt lessons according to learner needs.

Schedule:  Choose one shift per week:  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from 6-8 PM.

For more information or to get started, Fill out an application or email meichinger@literacymn.org with questions. 

One-to-One ESL Tutor

Are you a looking for a way to help in your community? Do you prefer one-on-one interactions over large group settings? Then this might be the perfect opportunity for you! Literacy Minnesota is looking for volunteers interested in partnering with learning centers to provide individualized tutoring to learners. 

Duties:

  • 1-2 hours per week; tutoring schedule will be determined based on both the learners’ and the tutor’s availability, most learners are looking for 30 minutes to 1-hour sessions, once or twice a week.
  • Work with learners to establish and create focused and attainable learning goals
  • Follow lesson plans provided by Literacy MN to facilitate learner growth
  • Complete lesson reports after each tutoring session

For more information or to get started, Fill out an application or email meichinger@literacymn.org with questions. 

Citizenship Tutor / Small Group Leader

Partner with an adult immigrant or refugee studying to pass the citizenship (naturalization) test. You'll tutor learners one-on-one or in a small group in U.S. history and civics topics, and help them prepare for the naturalization interview and test. All materials are provided and you will be guided by a staff teacher.

  • No experience or diploma needed - we’ll provide all necessary training
  • English speakers of all levels are welcome and encouraged to volunteer
  • Time commitment is 2 to 3 hours once per week. Time of day depends on learner needs and your schedule.
  • Must be 18 years old to volunteer
  • We strongly encourage volunteers who are people of color, indigenous, immigrants and refugees, LBGTQ+ and people with disabilities.
  • Completion of Online Citizenship Tutor Training required: https://online.themlc.org/enrol/index.php?id=50

For more information or to get started, Fill out an application or email meichinger@literacymn.org with questions.