Working as a Volunteer


As a volunteer, you may choose to:

  • Work with one to several adults as a classroom assistant in either an ESL, GED, or ABE class.
  • Provide office support for the program.
  • Assist with special projects and the GED and ESL Registration and Graduation days.

What are the qualifications?


Volunteers should be:

  • Positive & supportive,
  • Flexible,
  • Culturally sensitive,
  • Patient,
  • Non-judgmental,
  • Have a good understanding of the English language.

Some desirable qualifications:

  • Experience working with persons of varied racial, religious, educational or economic backgrounds
  • An understanding of cultural pluralism.

What are the volunteers’ responsibilities?

  • Attend initial intake/information session.
  • Attend periodic meetings and/or workshops.
  • Work as a member of a learning team with program manager, instructor and students.

Commitment to:

  • weekly time availability (2 hour minimum).
  • keep weekly time record and report hours quarterly.
  • the entire academic year.

When and where do volunteers work?

  • Volunteer assignments are based on student need and instructor request.
  • During school hours, day or evening as arranged with instructor.
  • Volunteers work in the ABE, GED, or ESL classroom with an instructor
  • At Bellevue College.

Cultural Pluralism
A system that holds within it individuals or groups differing in basic background experience and culture. It allows for development of a common tradition, while preserving the right of each group to maintain its cultural heritage. Those of us who have regular, personal, and initial contacts with other cultural groups also have the privilege and responsibility of being an ambassador of our own cultures. This includes not only extending our neighborly warmth, but also seeking to better understand our new neighbor’s backgrounds.