International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Refugee ESL Instructor



Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee is a leading, non-sectarian, non-profit organization providing emergency relief, protection, rehabilitation assistance, resettlement services, and advocacy for refugees and victims of oppression or violent conflict.  Domestically, our 22 offices across the U.S. ensure new refugee arrivals have food, shelter, and clothing, and work with refugees to help them gain self-sufficiency.



The Resettlement Services Program is the first point of contact for newly arrived refugees and offers support, guidance and counseling though all stages of resettlement. A crucial part of these services helping clients learn English language skills.
A year after refugees have been in the U.S., they must apply for their green card, and then for their citizenship after five years. A part of applying for citizenship is knowing basic English language skills.



5-10 hours per week; tentative start date in January, for a minimum of four months (may stay on longer if desired)



  • Develop lesson plans for 1 ESL classes per week; Classes are expected to be 1 – 2 hours in length and students are at the beginner to intermediate level, to prepare for naturalization test necessary for U.S. citizenship
  • Lead each ESL class and record attendance as required by the IRC
  • Attend 2 monthly meetings with other ESL instructors

        * Instructors can teach more than 1 class a week if desired



We require that candidates have the following qualities:

  • Solidly reliable with strong attention to timeliness
  • Excellent communication skills (both interpersonal and with supervisors)
  • Possess a great attention to detail and be truly organized
  • Have a strong sense of personal initiative and be able to work independently in a fast-paced office.
  • An interest in international and refugee issues; prior experience with a mulit-cultural setting a plus
  • Computer literacy with PC systems
  • TESOL / TEFL certified (we accept new graduates and those who are currently completing their certification)



This position reports to the Employment Specialist





Apply by sending your resume and a cover letter as a single Word document to Volunteer & Internship Coordinator Intern, Raiza Amiling, at Title document “Refugee ESL Instructor Application”.

* Cover letters should clearly state your time availability, which includes 1) a specific,  projected start and end date, 2) the number of hours you are available each week, and 3) the days and times in which you are available.



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