Volunteer with us!
We are always in need of volunteers to help out in our office and classrooms. If you are interested, please call or visit our office. We will ask you about your specific interests and experience and try to match you with a teacher or task that suits your needs as well as ours.
Volunteers from local schools and colleges
High school, undergraduate and graduate students are invited to conduct internships, interviews and observations in our classes.
Groups and individuals receive intensive pronunciation instruction from graduate student interns from the Ithaca College Speech and Language Clinic.
A local high school student learns more about a Chinese woman’s new life in Ithaca, while the student practices English with a native speaker.
Community volunteers can receive training through Tompkins Learning Partners, and work one-on-one or as aides in the classroom. Students enjoy the opportunity to receive individualized attention with reading, writing, pronunciation, and computer skills.
Ellen Palm, a volunteer in our program for two years, specializes in assisting beginning level students and teachers with classroom exercises and activities, as well as graphic design for some of our promotional materials.
Tom Stern started volunteering with the ESL Program in May of 2017. He is in charge of setting up cultural, social, and sports activities for our students in order to help them fight feelings of isolation and to use their newly acquired English skills interacting with each other and the public. He also assists teachers in the ESL classrooms at all levels.
ESL Student Volunteers
Vita volunteers in our office once a week to help keep the office organized, put up hallway displays and answer the phones when we are busy.