Pay it forward

Paying forward
Pay forward
Many of our volunteer tutors come to us with a desire to ‘pay forward’ the help and support that they received when living in countries where they didn’t speak the language. Some are themselves immigrants to the US or are the children of immigrants. Click below to hear from Nora, who has volunteered in our ESOL and Youth Literacy programs and is also a member of our Board of Directors, and Svetlana, whose parents immigrated here from Ukraine and learned English with the help of volunteers tutors. 


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! Read more about volunteering with this program.

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!

Enjoy these ESOL success stories!

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