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What do you need to be a volunteer teacher?
  • A caring heart
  • Patience
  • The desire to “Change a Life…One Woman at a Time”
  • The commitment to work with your student one hour, twice a week
IRWP will provide all materials, lesson plans, training, a Program Coordinator and Liaison Teachers who provide additional support.

Call 314-771-1104 for more information or to schedule an orientation.
Our Teachers
Our volunteers teach women who cannot attend formal English language classes due to caring for small children, work, transportation, or physical/psychological trauma. Last year 149 volunteer teachers supported the program and provided 5,536 hours of service to 157 women.

Teachers are not required to have prior teaching experience. They receive training before starting their work with students and ongoing training after they become teachers. IRWP provides teachers with lesson plans; books; workbooks; evaluation tools; and continuing support from liaison teachers, the curriculum coordinator, and the executive director. In two one-hour sessions a week, teachers provide one-on-one instruction that includes speaking, reading, and writing English. Teacher and Student TogetherTeachers also help their students with real-life situations such as making medical appointments and using public transportation, and they seek opportunities to take them on “field trips” to stores and other places to practice their new skills.

Benefits to You, the Teacher
  • Learn about cultures first hand
  • Enrich your life
  • Build a special relationship
  • Empower another woman and her children
  • Enjoy teaching
Benefits to Immigrants and Refugees    Mary Ann and Andy
  • Builds self-confidence
  • Relieves women’s isolation in a new culture
  • Enhances ability to communicate with their doctor, children’s  teachers, business personnel
  • Strengthens communication skills for their work place and positions them to be a valued employee
  • Prepares them for citizenship
  • Assists in developing financial literacy

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