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Cultural Orientation Volunteer Teacher

New York City

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: New York City
  • Grade: Volunteer - Volunteer
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Culture and Sport
    • Volunteerism
  • Closing Date:
Position: Cultural Orientation Volunteer Teacher
Reports to: Adult Education Coordinator
Position term: Ongoing
Schedule: 6-8 hours per week
Please note that this is an unpaid position. 

Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee is a leading, non-sectarian, non-profit organization providing emergency relief, protection, rehabilitation assistance, resettlement services, and advocacy for refugees and victims of oppression or violent conflict.  Domestically, our 27 offices across the U.S. ensure new arrivals have food, shelter, and clothing, and work with refugees to help them gain self-sufficiency.

The IRC New York Resettlement office’s Family Education program provides free classes and educational services to our adult clients. These individuals, mainly refugees and asylees, are legal immigrants who are victims of war, persecution, and civil conflict. They have diverse cultural and educational backgrounds. Moreover, they are highly adaptable, usually multilingual, and eager to start rebuilding their lives in America.

Cultural Orientation is an intensive social adjustment course for all newly arrived refugees which focuses on essential information for new Americans through content-based instruction.  The class aims to familiarize students with their new environment and prepare them for the daily challenges of living as part of the New York City community. Instruction is highly structured, with an emphasis on strong English language support and performance-based outcomes. 


The Cultural Orientation volunteer teacher will teach Cultural Orientation classes twice per week using IRC’s established curriculum. Classes may be scheduled to accommodate client schedules.


·       Conduct outreach to clients and interpreters to coordinate scheduling orientation dates, times and logistics
·       Complete training in CORE Adult learning principles and CO curriculum
·       Teach twice per week on select days using IRC’s curriculum and materials
·       Assess students at the end of the workshop
·       Willing to go on home visits to deliver orientation at clients homes, and or pick clients to and from their homes
·       Attend regular meetings with the program coordinator

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.