Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe! We hope you will be able to join the dedicated group of people who work to improve literacy in the Santa Fe area. We have many students waiting for tutors at this time. Your knowledge of basic literacy skills, our training, and a commitment to tutor two to three hours each week for a period of nine to twelve months are all that are required to get started.
Tutors are carefully interviewed, trained, and matched with students. They receive ongoing support from LVSF staff and opportunities to improve their tutoring skills through workshops and in-service trainings.
As a volunteer tutor in our program, you have a choice of two specialties:
- In our Basic Literacy (BL) program, tutors are needed to teach adult students the fundamentals of reading and writing.
- In our English as a Second Language (ESL) program, tutors are needed to teach English language skills to adult students whose primary language is not English. It is not required for you to have proficiency in any language other than English in order to teach these students.
Our tutor training is certified through ProLiteracy and consists of 20 hours of training over a two and a half day period. Your literacy instruction will involve all language components: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. You will learn effective methods for teaching adults to acquire literacy and/or conversational English skills and to use those skills to meet self-identified goals such as job advancement, citizenship, and improved parenting skills. Due to the intense nature of this training, attendance is required at all sessions, including the follow-up meeting.
For training dates and more information, please call: (505) 428-1353 or see our website.