Update on our Afghan students

Afghan students

We’re currently providing one-on-one tutoring (or one-on-two in the case of a few groups of relatives or friends learning together) to 27 Afghan students, with another handful of matchups in the works. We offer a weekly Zoom meeting on Fridays for all the tutors who are working with Afghans, where we share ideas and resources and brainstorm solutions to challenges. There is still a great need for volunteers who want to support the newcomers in various ways, from teaching English to transportation to job- and house-hunting.
Contact Erin at Literacy Together  to get involved in English teaching to our Afghan students, and Lutheran Services, or Catholic Charities for anything else! Please read the latest article from the Mountain Xpress about our new Afghan neighbors here.

Sign up online to come a volunteer orientation meeting!


The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program teaches oral English, reading, and writing to adults who have immigrated to the U.S. from around the world. ESOL is the largest program at Literacy Together, serving approximately 250 students annually. Our students’ most common goals in learning English are to improve their employment prospects, help their children in school, and pass the U.S. Naturalization exam.

Each student works with a trained volunteer tutor, either individually or in a small group of ten people. Tutoring takes place for two hours each week at times and locations that are mutually convenient for students and tutors. Tutors may choose to teach one (1) two-hour session or two (2) one-hour sessions each week and may do so online or in-person (read Barbara’s experience tutoring Maryna remotely, or Cecelia’s work from Germany as an ESOL tutor of six students!).

The ESOL Program welcomes volunteers from all over the world! We now have tutors in Florida, New York, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Texas, the UK, and Germany. Sign up here to volunteer with us!

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