Refugee/Immigrant English Tutor and Mentor - East Bay



Time Commitment

A few hours per month


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


1520 East 15th Street
United States


Refugee Transitions is looking for committed and culturally sensitive volunteers to become Literacy Coaches. Coaches provide support to refugee and immigrant families and play a critical role in helping the agency service its mission. Volunteering with Refugee Transitions is a great way to help your community and have a real impact on the lives of others.

As a Literacy Coach, you have the option of working with clients in either our adult or youth program:

ESL Civics Education and Orientation Program: This program provides adult clients with home-based ESL instruction and civics education. Adult Literacy Coaches help students acquire the language and literacy skills needed to engage more actively in their communities, and to access important civic institutions and public resources.

Bridge 2-Success Youth Development Program: This program provides immigrant and refugee youth with the support they need to succeed academically, develop career-readiness skills, form healthy attachments, and maintain supportive relationships with adults and peers. We match Youth Literacy Coaches with refugee youth aged 6-18 for one-on-one tutoring and mentoring.


Refugee Transitions is recruiting Literacy Coaches for both our youth and adult programs in San Francisco, the East Bay, and the South Bay. We will provide you with extensive training and resources; no knowledge of a second language is required. Literacy Coaches work in the family’s home, which makes our program accessible to clients who have difficulty commuting to outside classes due to physical difficulties, childcare and work obligations, fear, and lack of familiarity with the city and its services.

We require a minimum six month commitment for Coaches working with adults, and a minimum nine month commitment for those working with youth. As many of our clients have endured considerable upheaval in their lives, we stress this obligation in order to provide a stable and supportive learning environment.

We welcome coaches to extend this commitment, and find that long-term volunteer-student relationships are particularly beneficial. Although Refugee Transitions' core focus is providing home-based ESL instruction, Literacy Coaches have the opportunity to go above and beyond this role, engaging students as mentors, cultural ambassadors, and advocates.


Mandatory requirements

• Attendance at two initial trainings before being matched with a client, plus one additional training within the first 6 months • Ability to meet with your student 2-4 hours per week • 6 month minimum commitment for volunteers working with adults • 9 month minimum commitment for volunteers working with youth • Cultural sensitivity • Dedication, patience, and the ability to provide your student with reliable support • Enthusiasm and a desire to help refugee and immigrant families

Useful skills (but not required)

• Knowledge of a second language • Cross-cultural experience • Prior experience working with refugees or immigrants • Teaching experience

Benefits for Literacy Coaches

• Develop valuable teaching, mentorship, and advocacy skills • Gain substantial cross-cultural experience • Receive training on a range of topics relevant to refugees and immigrants • Strengthen your community and acquire leadership skills • Improve your ability to problem solve • Expand your network of socially-active individuals • Make a difference in someone’s life!


  • Training Provided


  • International Volunteers

How To Apply

Volunteer applications are available at

If you have additional questions, please visit our website at or feel free to give us a call at . Thank you for your interest in supporting refugee and immigrant families. We look forward to hearing from you!


**For those of you interested in RT's HOMEBASED tutoring program (Oakland, SF, or South Bay) the schedule is determined between the tutor and student, and requires 6-9 month minimum commitment, 1x per week.

Monday, April 23rd 


1922 The Alameda, Suite 105, San Jose 

**Open to South Bay Volunteers ONLY 

Tuesday, May 1st 

6-8:45pm @ Oakland International High School 

4521 Webster St. in Oakland 

**Open to HOMEBASED volunteers from any region

**For those of you interested in tutoring in RT's ONSITE AFTER-SCHOOL tutoring programs, volunteering takes place at San Francisco or Oakland International High School. Tutors must be available one day per week, approximately 3:30-5:30pm:

**None at this time. Sessions will take place in August, for the upcoming Fall semester.

Please view our calendar at for upcoming orientations and trainings.

PLEASE RSVP TO: to attend