Please Note: This is an unpaid position.

Background: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future. IRC teams provide health, infrastructure, learning and economic support to people in 40 countries worldwide. The IRC also provides support to thousands of refugees resettling in 29 U.S. cities each year through initial housing assistance; case management and referral services; job readiness and placement; community and cultural orientation; health and wellness programs; immigration services; and youth programs.

Scope of Volunteer Work: We are recruiting for Virtual Academic Tutors to work with one-on-one with students in grades K-12 via Zoom. Students and tutors will work together to develop academic skills, including reading, math and science. Tutors support learning through empowerment, positive engagement and providing expertise on school subjects!

We also need volunteers for afterschool programs in Tukwila, Auburn, Federal Way (exact locations disclosed directly to volunteers who have passed background checks) Volunteers in after school programs will work directly with staff to implement programs for elementary students focused on reading, high school students focused on college and career readiness, or middle school students focused on building math skills.

Location: Virtual- Via Zoom, or in-person at afterschool programs in Tukwila, Auburn, or Federal Way (exact locations disclosed directly to volunteers who have passed background checks). 

Time Commitment: 2-4 hours/week. Minimum three-month commitment. Looking for M-Th (Sunday sessions by request), anytime between 3-7pm tutor availability. Tutors commit to at least 1 session/week. Virtual tutoring sessions are scheduled for one hour once per week. Afterschool programs are typically 1.5 to 2 hours between 3-5pm. Virtual Tutors will work with students from Highline & Everett school districts. Afterschool Tutors will volunteer in either, Tukwila, Federal Way or Auburn school districts. Please let the youth program coordinator know which time and if virtual or in-person best suits your needs. 

Responsibilities: The IRC’s Youth Program provides tutoring, mentoring, and parent support programming for students and their families. We are currently seeking volunteer tutors who are available at least two hours per week to assist students (K-12) in our Virtual Tutoring or afterschool programs. With guidance from IRC staff, volunteers work one-on-one or with individual students to practice English language skills, assist with homework, and facilitate educational games and activities. Volunteers work in a group setting with staff and students during afterschool programs.


  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and across language barriers
  • Ability to handle sensitive client information confidentially
  • Previous experience working with refugee/immigrant and/or low-income communities preferred
  • Some experience teaching/tutoring and/or working with youth preferred
  • Flexibility and positive attitude appreciated 
  • Enthusiastic about learning!
  • Must attend IRC tutor training and complete safeguarding training

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: In accordance with IRC’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards and our commitment to safeguard the health of our employees, clients, and communities, IRC requires candidates who are selected for interview to have proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be considered for this position.

How to apply:

1. Attend a volunteer orientation. Sign up here.

2. If still interested in position, Youth Program Coordinator will provide a form for you to fill out and will follow up after the orientation. 

Reports to:  Youth Program Coordinator

Updated: June 2022