Esperanza Center - Catholic Charities of Baltimore

Educational Services - In-person ESOL Volunteer-Teacher, Adult Program

We are now accepting applications for our Spring 2024 semester!

Please contact Sandra Hunsicker at for next steps and additional information.


About Us

The Esperanza Center is a comprehensive resource center whose mission is to welcome immigrants by offering hope, compassionate services, and the power to improve their lives. Since 1963, immigrants from all over the world have trusted the center to help them navigate life in a new country. Our dedicated staff and volunteers provide services related to education, health care, immigration legal matters, family reunification, and general community support to thousands of immigrants each year. 

Esperanza Center’s Educational Services offers low-cost, in-person English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL) classes to adults. Volunteers in Esperanza ESOL program have been teaching English to adults in Baltimore since 1963. Students in our program come from all over the world, though the majority of our students are from Central and South American countries. The program is entirely taught, and partially designed, by volunteers from the community.



Volunteer-Teachers in the Adult ESOL Program co-teach in pairs with small groups of 4-12 students of the same level of English, the same students every week. All volunteers commit to volunteer for at least 3 hours each week (2 hours of class time, 1 hour for planning) for 11 weeks (one week of training and ten weeks of class).  At least one volunteer in each co-teaching pair has experience teaching ESOL or is certified or pursuing certification in TESOL or TEFL. Volunteer-Teachers do not need to know a language other than English.


This volunteer position provides valuable experience in lesson planning, collaboration, and adult education. It also provides volunteers with the unique opportunity to develop an intercultural learning community while teaching English language skills that will help students in their daily lives.



As a Volunteer-Teacher in our program, you will use our online curriculum to lead activities, engage in conversations with students, teach new concepts, and reinforce materials. You will also coordinate lesson planning with your co-teacher before class and make notes about student progress after class. You may also supplement the curriculum with other materials and may be observed by staff or prospective ESOL teachers.



  • 18 years of age or older
  • Able to volunteer for at least 3 hours/week for 11 weeks during the times provided in the schedule below
  • Fluent in English
  • Certification in TESOL or TEFL preferred but not required



We offer two in-person ESOL classes: Mondays and Wednesdays, 10am-12pm, and Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am-12pm. There will be the same group of students on Mondays and Wednesdays, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Volunteers can choose one class time or select both Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday. Priority may be given to teachers who can volunteer twice a week.


Our Spring 2024 semester will run from the end of April through the end of June. Please contact Sandra Hunsicker at for specific dates.



If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions, please contact Sandra Hunsicker at

Schedule Summary

The next 10 shifts (out of 39 total shifts) for this activity are as follows

Date Start Time End Time
Monday, April 22, 2024 10:00 AM 12:00 PM
Tuesday, April 23, 2024 10:00 AM 12:00 PM
Monday, April 29, 2024 10:00 AM 12:00 PM
Tuesday, April 30, 2024 10:00 AM 12:00 PM
Wednesday, May 01, 2024 10:00 AM 12:00 PM
Thursday, May 02, 2024 10:00 AM 12:00 PM
Monday, May 06, 2024 10:00 AM 12:00 PM
Tuesday, May 07, 2024 10:00 AM 12:00 PM
Wednesday, May 08, 2024 10:00 AM 12:00 PM
Thursday, May 09, 2024 10:00 AM 12:00 PM