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Volunteer Opportunities

CIANA's programs and services are powered by dedicated volunteers of all ages- students, retirees, community members, and more- who are all dedicated to making a difference in the lives of immigrants. Explore current volunteer opportunities below:

Afterschool Volunteer Tutor (in-person)

In-Person

Wednesdays,

4:00pm-5:30pm*

Thru June 2024

Overview

The Center for the Integration and Advancement of New Americans (CIANA) Education Team is seeking in-person volunteer tutors for our Afterschool Tutoring Program for the 2023-2024 school year, Fall semester. Volunteer tutors will be great role models for our students by supporting them in completing their homework and strengthening their academic skills.

Position Description

Volunteer Tutors will support CIANA's Afterschool Program by offering one-on-one or small group homework help to elementary school students in Grades 1-5 and/or middle school students in Grades 6-8. Homework help sessions are conducted in-person from 4pm-5:30pm at an off-site location (see address below) near the CIANA office in Astoria, Queens. Volunteer tutors may also be used as substitutes for other volunteers at times.

Qualifications

  • Passionate, committed, engaging!

  • Experience in working with children is preferred, but not required

  • Background in mathematics and/or English is preferred

  • Volunteers must be available on Wednesdays between 4-5:30pm through June 2024

  • Volunteers must be at least 15 years of age at the time of application

Location

Trinity Lutheran Community Rooms

31-17 37th Street

Astoria, NY 11103

Time Commitment

  • On-going; immediate hire (flexible)

  • Wednesdays

Training/Support Provided

Volunteers will undergo a brief and mandatory training with CIANA staff.

To Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to recruitment@cianainc.org.

Afterschool Volunteer Tutor (virtual)

Virtual

Tues. & Thurs.,

3:00pm-6:00pm*

Thru June 2024

Overview

The Center for the Integration and Advancement of New Americans (CIANA) Education Team is seeking virtual volunteer tutors for our Afterschool Tutoring Program for the 2023-2024 school year, Spring semester. Volunteer tutors will be great role models for our students by supporting them in completing their homework and strengthening their academic skills.

Position Description

Volunteer Tutors will support CIANA's Afterschool Program by offering one-on-one or small group homework help to elementary school students in Grades 1-5 and/or middle school students in Grades 6-8. Homework help sessions are conducted via Google Meets between 3-6 pm. Volunteer tutors may also be used as substitutes for other volunteers at times.

Qualifications

  • Passionate, committed, engaging!

  • Experience in working with children is preferred, but not required

  • Background in mathematics and/or English is preferred

  • Stable internet connection

  • Gmail account

  • Volunteers must be available on both Tuesdays and Thursdays through June 2024

  • Volunteers must be at least 15 years of age at the time of application

Location

Virtual; work can be done from anywhere in the world!

Time Commitment

  • On-going; immediate hire (flexible)

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1.5-hour tutoring sessions between the hours of 3pm-6pm

Training/Support Provided

Volunteers will undergo a brief and mandatory training with CIANA staff.

To Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to recruitment@cianainc.org.

Beginner ESL Instructor (in-person)

In-Person

Tues. & Thurs.,

10:30am-12:00pm

Overview

CIANA is looking for a volunteer instructor to teach our beginner English as a Second Language (ESL) class for adults in the morning. Our classes are typically attended by 10-15 students whose English proficiency ranges from none to basic. You must be comfortable managing a diverse group of students and facilitating fun and interactive activities. Materials can be provided, you are also welcome to use your own.

 

Responsibilities

  • Write and deliver English lessons that incorporate reading, writing, speaking, and listening components based on a curriculum

  • Facilitate lessons and practical English in a fun and accessible way

  • Collaborate with other ESL teachers on lesson development and execution

  • Assist in tracking student needs and progress

Requirements

  • Consistent availability 

  • Proficiency in Google Suite (Gmail, Docs, Slides, Sheets)

  • Charismatic, dynamic, and interactive instruction methods

  • Motivated to help students achieve their goals

  • Competent in and respectful of cultural differences

  • Passionate about advancing immigrant rights

Bonus Points

  • Students enrolled in a CELTA, TESOL, or TEFL program, or a retired teacher

  • Fluency or bilingualism in another language (especially Spanish, Arabic, French, or Bengali)

Location

In-person in Astoria, Queens, NY

Time Commitment

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30am-12pm

Compensation

Unpaid

To Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to recruitment@cianainc.org.

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