BACKGROUND: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC is at work in over 40 countries and 20 U.S. cities helping people to survive, reclaim control of their future and strengthen their communities.  

SCOPE OF WORK: The International Rescue Committee in San Diego runs several youth programs, including after school tutoring for high school students. Many of these students are refugees and immigrants and attend Crawford High School and Hoover High School. One-on-one and small group tutoring from volunteers helps prepare students for success in school. Tutors will meet in person with high school students to work through school assignments and provide strategies for students to develop their skills. Tutors provide a positive, encouraging, safe environment for students to utilize their skills and understand their assignments. Tutoring will be in person at Crawford and Hoover High Schools. Services may shift to virtual sessions, if necessary, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.      



  • Tutor training provided 
  • Experiences working with diverse youth 
  • Ongoing feedback and growth opportunities given  
  • Connect with other tutors, students, and IRC Staff  


  • Tutors guide students in utilizing their skills to understand and work on homework assignments in various high school subjects, including but not limited to: English, math, literature, history, science etc.; sometimes assistance is requested for college and/or scholarship applications  
  • Tutors are paired with students based on their subject strengths   
  • Tutors provide students with strategies in completing homework and time-management  
  • Tutors create a positive, encouraging, safe environment for students to learn and develop their skills  
  • Tutors are flexible, patient, and willing to troubleshoot any technological or academic challenges 
  • Tutors communicate with IRC Staff regarding any issues or availability changes  


  • Tutoring is conducted Monday - Thursday afternoons from 3:30 – 5:45 pm (PST), or 2:15 - 4:15 pm (PST) on Tuesdays. Tutors may choose their schedule within these times, with a minimum weekly requirement of 1 day/week. A commitment of at least 3 months is required.  


  • Must be 18 years of age or older  Familiarity with one or more common high school subjects  Experience working with refugees or English language learners  
  • Experience working with high school age youth (ages 13-18) 
  • Experience tutoring or working in an academic setting  
  • Personable and comfortable working in a diverse, inclusive, multi-cultural setting   
  • Background check clearance, including LiveScan fingerprinting background check 
  • Must be located in California, preference for those in San Diego. 
  • Access to laptop, computer, or other device suitable for tutoring with access to Zoom and wi-fi connection if virtual sessions are offered 
  • To apply to this position, please fill out an IRC Volunteer Application here and indicate that you are applying to the San Diego Office and which position you are applying for. If we would like to move forward with your application, we will reach out to schedule an interview.