Volunteer ESOL Tutor - Adult Literacy Program



Start Date


Time Commitment

A few hours per week


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


Academy of Medical & Public Health Services
5306 Third Avenue
2nd Floor
United States


 About AMPHS 


The Academy of Medical & Public Health Services (AMPHS) is a not-for-profit health service organization based in Sunset Park, Brooklyn with a triple aim to identify barriers to health and wellness in underserved immigrant communities; coordinate truly needed primary care with social assistance; and deliver care with dignity and empathy to marginalized New Yorkers. Through its community public health interventions, AMPHS lends to the empowerment of individuals and communities to create their own local and culturally-sensitive health and wellness paradigms. 

Equally important to promoting disease prevention are our services tackling social determinants of health and barriers to care. Currently, AMPHS focuses on primary programs: health screenings, wellness consultations, care coordination, social services, literacy classes, and immigrant rights education. Together, these services create a safe, open environment where local residents can discuss health and social concerns and seek care without regard to socioeconomic status, ethnicity, documentation status, and any other discriminatory factor.

AMPHS’ Adult Literacy Program focuses on providing English language instruction to adults 16 years of age and over. In addition to developing grammar, speaking, reading and writing skills, we enrich student education through experiential learning such as field trips, special events, conversation groups, and workshops on immigrant rights. AMPHS’ ESOL classes aim to empower community members to not only communicate in everyday settings, but to understand their basic rights as immigrants in daily interactions, such as at the doctor’s office, the bank, or with a government agency.

Since it was founded in 2010 as an organization run entirely by volunteers, AMPHS has grown to an organization of over 30 dedicated volunteers and staff looking to make a difference in their communities, serving thousands of individuals per year. It is active in various healthcare and immigration coalitions and its work has been featured in renowned media outlets.

For more information, please visit www.amphsonline.org.

Position Description

We are seeking experienced English as a Second or Other Language (ESOL) tutors to assist students in the following ESOL levels: Beginner, High Beginner, and Intermediate. Tutors will be working with immigrant populations primarily from the Latino, Chinese, and Arabic communities of Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The ESOL instructor should be able to teach from a student-centered perspective and employ innovative teaching methods and strategies. He/she reports directly to the Coordinator of Literacy, Education and Training Programs.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Hold individualized one-hour student tutoring sessions to review difficult-to-grasp English concepts
  • Prepare and distribute additional instructional materials for practice
  • Maintain student attendance records and progress during tutoring sessions
  • Coordinate with ESOL Instructor and Program Coordinator regarding next steps in student's progress toward their goals
  • Communicate with Program Coordinator regarding apparent barriers to student success (e.g., child daycare needs, possible health/housing issues, etc.)
  • Attend monthly staff meetings and appropriate trainings

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree (B.A.) required; TESOL certification, English teaching certificate or current students in TESOL program preferred
  • Minimum one year experience serving adult learners and/or teaching ESOL
  • Experience in working with immigrant communities
  • Appropriate reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in English
  • Ability to provide services in a manner sensitive to the backgrounds and cultures of program participants
  • Demonstrates commitment to leadership development, community building, and community organizing as strategies for social change

·       Bilingual fluency in Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin or Cantonese), and/or Arabic preferred

Time Commitment:

  • This is a long-term volunteer position requiring 1-3 hours per week. Tutors should commit to the position for at least 8-10 months.
  • Times are flexible, but evening and Saturday availability preferred.


  • Training Provided


  • Groups

How To Apply


Please submit a copy of your resume and certifications (if applicable) to personnel.resources@amphsonline.org and complete an online volunteer application at http://www.amphsonline.org/volunteer/application.html. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling first-come, first-serve basis.