Spanish Catholic Center Gaithersburg

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Instructor

Have you always wanted to teach or do you have a passion for helping others succeed? Become an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Instructor and help to open opportunities and increase the confidence of adult non-English speakers.  No prior teaching experience necessary! 


Catholic Charities Immigrant Support Services system of integrated services uses a holistic approach to address our clients’ needs by providing wrap around social services, employment supportive services, and education and training programs in the communities of DC and Gaithersburg. As an ESOL Instructor, you will teach beginner to intermediate level English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses for adults based on Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) standards. Catholic Charities will provide you with training on how to deliver ESOL lessons and keep a record of student attendance.    


We are looking for both in person and virtual teachers to start in September. As a volunteer, you will teach 2 to 4 days a week depending on your availability and in-person or virtually over Zoom. See the full list of skills, requirements, and characteristics below to get started and apply today!  


The ESOL Instructor Volunteers will be responsible for:   

  • Teaching an existing curriculum on day-to-day English  
  • Preparing to deliver lessons from Step-Forward series  
  • Attending trainings 
  • Keeping records of student attendance  

Desired Skills, Experience & Characteristics:   

  • Willingness to learn how to deliver lessons  
  • Able to connect with learners  
  • Basic understanding of Microsoft Office Suite and internet skills (e.g. Google, Zoom)  


  • Willingness to work with the immigrant community  
  • fluent in English  
  • Willing to volunteer in person at a location in Montgomery County, MD 

Volunteer Benefits:   

  • Improved communication skills and teaching abilities  
  • An opportunity to meet people from all walks of life  


  • Participate in Catholic Charities Volunteer Orientation  
  • Receive program-specific training at the Immigrant Support Services Center 
  • Receive training, supervision and support throughout the duration of the volunteer experience 
  • Have staff supervision onsite (for in person teachers) or virtually (for virtual teachers)  

Time Commitment:   

  • The volunteer will teach either 2 or 4 days a week for 12 weeks – depending on the level and time availability/commitment 
  • Session schedules:
    • Jan - March
    • April - June
  •  Plus 2 day trainings before 12 weeks begin.
  • Classes are offered Monday to Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Gaithersburg Middle School and virtually
  • Also offered Saturday from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm at St. Martin of Tours School and virtually 


Next Steps:  

  • Fill out an application (earlier is better)
  • Matching Expectations conversation with Catholic Charities staff
  • Find out if you’ve been selected for the role.
  • Attend virtual Volunteer Orientation and complete screenings. 
  • Begin volunteering!