ESL Volunteers

ESL Volunteers Needed!

English Classes are ongoing until May and you can help! Planning will start in early July for the classes that will begin in September. Our mission field of English as a Second Language students has tripled in number, so we need you. We need in-class teachers and helpers, greeters, Bible Time teachers, hospitality, and administration help. Training is provided. Contact Sara Ortiz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 703.941.4904 and leave a message. (Responses times may be very slow in the summer, as Sara is off in the summers.)

The Immanuel ESL program utilizes 50-60 volunteers; the majority comes from the IBC congregation and shows interest in cross-cultural ministry. It is our prayer that the ESL program can help Immanuel people become World Christians through praying for and interacting with those from other nations, faiths and customs. As the world literally comes to our doorstep, we desire to serve them in Jesus' name, to gain God's compassion for the lost, and to learn to worship God in unity with other ethnic believers. Through these cross-cultural experiences, our volunteers are trained to continue in cross-cultural ministry both locally and overseas in the years to come.

An incredible variety of volunteer tasks are performed in the ESL ministry: greeting, hospitality, publicity, baking and coffee making, program coordinating, teaching and assistant teaching, substituting, sharing simple Bible stories, acting as congregational and ABF liaisons and organizing special programs. Time commitments are very flexible, ranging from one time per semester to weekly commitments over months. Training is available.

Ideally, 24 teachers, 48 helpers & greeters, six or seven substitute teachers, two coordinators, several special events volunteers, and also several registration helpers at the beginning of each semester. We “make do” with the numbers God brings but we’re always delighted to welcome to new volunteers.

Classroom Staff

Each ESL class is staffed with two teachers and at least two helpers. Teachers and Helpers only teach once per week; therefore each ESL class has one teacher/helper team on Tuesdays and a different teacher/helper team on Thursdays/Fridays. The teachers and helpers from both class days act as a team, coordinating lesson progress and activities.

Teacher training is available both in-house and through local church-based training programs. Each fall, Immanuel hosts a 4-6 hour training session. In addition, Immanuel strongly recommends that you take Mission to North America’s online or in-person training. Upcoming dates can be found here:

Ministry/Outreach Volunteers

Conversation Partners - Commit to meeting at least twice a month, anywhere and anytime (even virtually), with an international that is interested in improving their English and having an American friend. A great opportunity for building long term evangelistic relationships.

Sara Ortiz, ESL Program Director
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