Volunteer Opportunities

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Volunteer at Open Door

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.

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Lead Volunteer ESL Teacher 

Are you interested in being a Volunteer Lead Teacher or Co-Teacher of an ESL class? Do you want to help adult English Language Learners improve their ability to speak, listen, read, and write English? Then this might be the perfect opportunity for you! Literacy Minnesota is looking for Lead Volunteers interested in partnering with our Open Door Learning Centers and teaching ESL classes.

Duties:

  • Provide lead instruction, alone or with another Volunteer Teacher, for ESL classes of 5-20 adult learners. User friendly, low-prep, and easy-to-follow curriculum is provided by Literacy MN.
  • Prepare for classes ahead of time by reviewing the Literacy MN provided curriculum and materials, and allocating duties to the volunteer classroom assistants.
  • Work cooperatively with coordinators and other volunteers to meet the needs of the learners.
  • Lead and present large and small group activities.
  • Record student attendance.
  • Before you begin your placement, we require Lead Volunteer Teachers to complete a training on English Unlocked, our new LitMN designed ESL curriculum. Our first training is scheduled for Wednesday, September 1 from 6:00-7:00pm. Are you volunteering to lead an in person class in the fall? Please register here.

Schedule:  Classes run for 2-3 hours a session from Monday-Thursday (9:30am-1:30pm. 10am-12pm, 4-6pm or 6-8pm). Friday mornings/afternoons available at some sites. Choose one shift per week.

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

ESL Classroom Assistant

Are you a looking for a way to help in your community? Do you want to help adult English Language Learners improve their ability to speak, listen, read, and write English? Then this might be the perfect opportunity for you! Literacy Minnesota is looking for volunteers interested in partnering with our Open Door Learning Centers and working with a Lead Teacher as a Classroom Assistant.

  • Volunteers are paired with a teacher who follows a curriculum and leads the class.
  • Provide individualized attention to students during class time and help with large and small group activities. 
  • Prepare for classes ahead of time by reviewing materials provided by the teacher, making copies of materials, and organizing the classroom.

  • Work cooperatively with coordinators and other volunteers to meet the needs of the learners.
  • Listen actively and encourage learner participation.
  • After you begin your placement, we require volunteers to complete on-boarding and site-specific training to be fully prepared to tutor.

Schedule: Classes run for 2-3 hours a session from Monday-Thursday (9:30am-1:30pm. 10am-12pm, 4-6pm or 6-8pm). Friday mornings/afternoons available at some sites. Choose one shift per week.

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

Are you interested in helping adult learners develop and improve their computer skills so they can achieve their goals? Do you feel comfortable with the Windows platform? Then this might be the perfect opportunity for you! Literacy Minnesota is looking for volunteers interested in partnering with our Open Door Learning Center and providing computer and digital literacy skills to small groups or individual learners.

  • Northstar Digital Literacy One-to-One Tutor:  Tutor a learner in basic computer skills one day per week for 60-90 minutes. Tutoring can be done in-person or remotely.
  • 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.

Duties:

  • Prepare for Northstar tutoring sessions by reading through lesson materials provided by Literacy Minnesota.
  • 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.
  • Completion of Tutoring with Northstar Digital Literacy training is required.  You can view dates and register on our events calendar.

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

Citizenship One-to-one Tutor or Classroom Assistant

Are you interested in helping an immigrant or refugee become an American citizen? Then this might be the perfect opportunity for you! Literacy Minnesota is looking for volunteers interested in partnering with our Open Door Learning Centers and working with an individual adult immigrant or refugee or a small group studying to pass the citizenship (naturalization) test.

  • Citizenship One-to-One Tutor: Tutor a learner for the citizenship (naturalization) test one day per week for 60-90 minutes. **Remote as well as in-person opportunities may exist.
  • Citizenship Classroom Assistant: In partnership with a volunteer or staff teacher, assist in a classroom of up to 18 learners one evening per week for two hours.

Duties:

  • Tutor or assist learners in U.S. history and civics topics.
  • Tutor or assist learners in preparing for the naturalization interview and test.
  • Prepare for sessions or classes ahead of time by reviewing materials provided by Literacy MN, and making copies of materials as needed.
  • Tutoring can be done in-person or remotely.
  • Completion of Online Citizenship Tutor Training is required. You can view dates and register on our events calendar.   

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

Computer Skills Volunteer

Are you interested in helping adult learners develop and improve their computer skills in a lab setting? Would you like to help support learners as they explore distance learning platforms? Then this might be the perfect opportunity for you! Literacy Minnesota is looking for volunteers interested in partnering with our Open Door Learning Centers to provide digital literacy as well as distance learning skills to small groups or individual ESL learners and native speakers in a computer lab.

Duties:

  • Prepare for Digital Literacy lab sessions by becoming familiar with various instructional platforms for practicing basic computer skills.
  • Prepare for Distance Learning sessions by becoming familiar with instructional platforms on the computer for learning math, reading and writing English, or other basic skills.
  • Work collaboratively with the learner and coordinator to share and document progress toward learner’s goals.
  • Assist learners in troubleshooting rudimentary technical issues as they arise.
  • Training will be conducted on site with Learning Center staff.

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

Burlington English Lab Lead or Tutor

Are you interested in volunteering in an English-learning computer lab? Then this opportunity might be perfect for you! Literacy Minnesota is looking for volunteers interested in partnering with our Open Door Learning Centers and working with ESL students improve their communication skills as they participate in on-line interactive courses.

Duties:

  • Attend a LiteracyMN sponsored orientation to get familiar with the functions of Burlington English.
  • Support students in logging into their Burlington English account during lab time.
  • Support students in accessing the correct Student Lesson for the week.
  • Support student navigation of BE interface.
  • Monitor students while they work through BE Student Lessons.
  • Assist when students have trouble with learning content.

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

Pre-GED/Reading, Writing and Math Skills Mentor

Are you interested in helping someone in your community work toward their GED? Are you interested in tutoring in math, science, reading and writing? Then this opportunity might be perfect for you! Literacy Minnesota is looking for volunteers interested in partnering with our Open Door Learning Centers and working with an individual or small group studying toward their GED.

Duties:

  • Facilitate a study lab with adult learners and develop positive relationships to increase learner persistence.
  • Support Skill Practice Lab and Work one on one with learners as they complete reading, writing and math tasks.
  • Document attendance and progress; communicate with Program Coordinator & Instructor
  • Work with learners to overcome barriers (share resources & follow up, set goals and support time management)

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