AmeriCorps Beginning English Language Instructor
- Volunteer Opportunity posted by World Relief Seattle
Full time (30+ hrs/wk)
Long-Term (6 months-1 year)
841 Central Ave. N.
World Relief is now seeking applicants for a 10 ½ -month AmeriCorps service member to serve September 2018 - July 2019.
World Relief Seattle is the largest refugee resettlement agency in Western Washington and has been serving refugees and other vulnerable immigrants in the Seattle area since 1979. Refugees and immigrants bravely leave behind everything familiar to seek safety, a life free from fear, and the chance for a new start. At World Relief Seattle, we come alongside these new neighbors by providing support and care through their first months and years of transition. This support includes case management, orientation to American culture and systems, job placement assistance, English language classes, skills development classes, housing assistance, immigration legal services, youth programming, mutually-transformative relationships with community volunteers, and more.
World Relief Seattle envisions every refugee and vulnerable immigrant welcomed by community, rooted in community, and empowered for community. Our work is informed by the belief that every refugee and vulnerable immigrant has an important place in our community. From the time of arrival to the first job to citizenship and beyond, the World Relief community is committed to serving and being served by this brave and resilient population. AmeriCorps members serving at World Relief Seattle play valuable roles on our English, Employment, Health & Wellness, and Resiliency teams by enhancing our ability to provide robust and tailored services to our participants and to provide expanded support and training to our volunteers.
This particular AmeriCorps member will serve alongside our ESL team as they partner with language learners to build their confidence and skills in English communication to enable them to function and thrive in their new American context. All AmeriCorps positions are contingent on continued funding from the federal funding source CNCS (AmeriCorps Program).
Service Site: World Relief Seattle in Kent, Washington
The Beginning and Low Intermediate English Language Instructor will utilize World Relief's robust existing curriculum framework to plan lessons and teach English language classes tailored for learners with beginning and low intermediate English twelve hours weekly. These classes will contain language and literacy development useful for newly-arrived refugees and other vulnerable immigrants in navigating the community and attaining employment, including skills related to accessing transportation, reading schedules, communicating about problems, paying bills, and more. This instructor will also welcome and orient new students, recruit, train, and manage volunteer class assistants and in-home tutors, develop and improve curriculum, differentiate instruction for students at different skill levels, maintain student records, measure outputs and outcomes, and assist with the functioning of the ESL and volunteer programs.
- A desire to serve refugees in support of the overall mission and work of World Relief
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively and sensitively with people from diverse cultures and religious backgrounds
- Prior teaching or tutoring experience desirable, especially in multi-cultural environments
- Good organizational skills and ability to prioritize multiple duties
- Flexibility, initiative, and a desire to learn
- Experience working or volunteering with refugees and/or non-native English speakers very helpful
- Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
- Knowledge of a second language a plus
- Intermediate computer knowledge, including MS Office
- U.S. citizen, U.S. national or Permanent Resident
The AmeriCorps Individual Placement is a 10 ½ -month national service program requiring 40 hours a week, 1,700 total hours of volunteer service. Members receive a monthly stipend of $1,307 before deductions and withholding, basic health coverage, valuable training and experience, a $5,920 education award issued at completion of service, forbearance for qualified student loans, payment of interest on qualified student loans in forbearance, and childcare assistance for eligible members. This position is contingent on funding.
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