English Language Instruction Volunteer
Help newly arrived refugees learn English! The IRC's ESL classes prepare students for their new lives in America through vocational English Instruction taught by volunteer instructors.
Help newly arrived refugees settle into their new lives in America! This could include: setting up their new apartments, transporting families to school enrollments, or teaching clients how to use public transportation.
Communicating effectively in English is the most important skill a newly arrived refugee could obtain. ESL mentors work with families tutoring them in English and teaching them about other aspects of American (and Wichitan!) culture.
Family Mentors support newly-arrived refugee families and individuals in their adaptation to life in the United States. Through participating in a variety of activities, the mentor will act as both a friend and resource.
Review our current available volunteer positions and choose 3 that best fit your interests, skills, and schedule.
Complete a volunteer application by following this link. You will be contacted by the Volunteer Coordinator as needs arise for your chosen position.
After your application is reviewed, you may be selected for an interview.
Once the interview is confirmed and conducted, successful interviewees will complete the necessary background checks. To protect our clients, we require background checks for all our volunteers, and we ask volunteers to make a $49 donation to cover associated costs. Currently, 92% of our funding goes directly to our clients, and your help to cover this cost allows us to continue providing the best service possible. This step can add 1-2 weeks to the process, but is typically very fast.
Once cleared, you will attend a general orientation before training and scheduling the first day.