ESL Teaching Assistant - RRO SEATTLE OFFICE



Start Date


End Date


Times of day

Weekday Mornings

Time Commitment

A few hours per week


Short-Term (few weeks/months)


Refugee Resettlement Office in Seattle
1610 S. King Street
United States


Work in a classroom setting and assist students in completing assignments and practicing English conversation skills. Volunteers will work one-on-one with students that need extra help learning to read, write and speak English. Students are refugees and immigrants seeking employment and learning English in the interim. Students come from all over the world including Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia and Afghanistan. Some are learning the roman alphabet while others are practicing low intermediate conversation skills. ​ESL classes are held Monday through Thursday, 9:30 - 12:30 at our Seattle office.

Before applying, please keep in mind that due to the training and orientation required, we ask that volunteers make a commitment of at least three to six months. Volunteers are usually scheduled for a two to four hour period, one to three days per week.


  • Ability to work with a variety of personalities, ethnicities, organizational systems, and have English language skill levels.
  • Ability to be responsible with routines: arrive on time, come every day, call in sick only when absolutely essential, etc.
  • Computer literacy – use of Microsoft Platforms (Word, Excel, Powerpoint etc.), internet research, send emails etc.
  • Ability to stay focused on the task at hand but also be flexible.
  • Plenty of energy and patience with donors as well as operational systems.
  • Ability to work independently and with a team.
  • Be available at least two hours a week for a three month period.
  • Successfully pass a criminal background check.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with other cultures and/or languages
  • Experience in a classroom or informal learning environment
  • Teaching experience
  • Possess and maintain a current driver’s license.


All volunteers will receive generalized office and client training as well as specialized training within their area of participation. Supervision will be given by both the volunteer manager as well as the program’s direct contact.

Work Environment:

The Refugee Resettlement Office is a small non-profit agency located near the intersection of Rainier and Jackson in Seattle, just east of the International district. It is our mission to help refugees and asylees become self-sufficient in their new environment. The majority of our clients are from Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Bhutan, Burman, Iraq, and Afghanistan. We operate under several state contracts to work with adult clients who are on welfare, retired, disabled, or between jobs.

We are a small office with a very collegial environment, a relaxed workplace, and a typically casual dress code. We laugh a lot, are helpful and courteous to one another, and everyone pitches in to make sure that all of our various programs are a success. Volunteers will be covered by the organization’s liability insurance during their time with us.


The ESL teaching assistant is an unpaid volunteer position. We are happy to work with institutions that provide education or other credit and are willing to give recommendations for volunteers when they are warranted. RPAs may also be able to take some personal tax deductions through their work with us.

How To Apply

After filling out the Volunteer Application  (also found on our website) please email a copy of the application, your references and your resume to our Development & Volunteer Manager at

After reviewing your application, we will set up a short phone interview and conduct a background check. You will then be invited to participate in volunteer orientation where you will receive further training, set your work schedule and get oriented to the office.