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 ESL & tutors

Opportunities for Volunteering

The Dare Literacy Council utilizes volunteers in many ways. Our Volunteer Coordinator interviews all potential volunteers to determine what their interests are and how much time they are able to give. Then each volunteer is matched with the appropriate task. Here are some ways you can volunteer:

  • tutor
  • assist with fundraising and special events
  • perform administrative duties (phone calls, data entry, letter writing)
  • join the board or advisory council
  • help with publicity (newsletter, website, write articles)
  • assist with workshops and seminars
  • perform student intakes or assessments
  • update website and/or Facebook page
  • provide technical/IT computer support 
  • serve as a Spanish interpreter or translator
  • support existing tutors (for those with an education background)
  • write grants

Contact our  Volunteer Coordinator today to get started!

Time Commitment

Those who wish to tutor must make a minimum 6-month commitment. Tutoring usually takes place once a week for no more than 1 1/2 to 2 hours per session. In addition to actual tutoring time, volunteers should expect to spend some time each week preparing for their tutoring session.


Those who desire to volunteer in a capacity other than tutoring can determine how much time they are willing to give. As little as one hour per month will help the DLC. Details are discussed during the interview with our Volunteer Coordinator. 

Tutor Training

Tutor training consists of a free three-hour Tutor Training Orientation, a follow-up interview with a Tutor Coordinator and subsequent in-service seminars. Orientations are held periodically throughout the year.

At the Tutor Training Orientation, volunteers will learn about what is required of tutors, how the DLC supports its tutors and the various tutoring options. Other literacy volunteer opportunities are discussed so that attendees can determine which volunteer activity best suits their needs. 

During the follow-up interview with the Tutor Coordinator, the various tutoring options will be discussed – Basic Literacy, GED, ESL (English as a Second Language), individual and group tutoring. Soon after the interview, the matching process will be completed and a Mentor will be assigned to the tutor so that volunteers can begin tutoring. 

Those volunteering in any other capacity usually meet with the appropriate person for a brief training session before their volunteer duties begin.

If you are interested in becoming a tutor, tutor mentor or volunteering to assist on the training team, contact our Training Coordinator.



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