The IRC in Atlanta’s virtual English as a Second Language (ESL) classes assist refugee and immigrant adults to develop the language skills critical for success in our community. Our classes help adult students to build vocabulary and communication skills, develop skills needed for the workforce, and learn about American structures and systems, with the ultimate goal of empowering clients to be successful and productive members of their communities who are civically engaged and able to pursue the career pathways of their choice. All of our programs are currently operating virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.



  • Virtual ESL Class Assistant volunteers assist IRC lead instructors in facilitating groups of students in weekly virtual synchronous classes.


  • Strong communication skills including communication between instructors and fellow volunteers before/during/and after classes; and communication with adult English language learners during classes via technology
  • Able to connect to virtual (Zoom) weekly classes with webcam video and audio
  • An interest in or experience with teaching English as a Second Language
  • An interest in or experience with working closely with a diverse population of adults
  • Comfortable working with variable numbers of students virtually (individually and in groups) and in working with students at variable levels of English proficiency
  • Comfortable adapting learning activities with limited notice and assisting with (limited) technological troubleshooting as needed

Minimum Commitment:

  • 1.5 to 3 hours per week for morning and/or afternoon classes


To learn more or sign up, please contact [email protected].