Richardson Adult Literacy Center

Volunteer with RALC

RALC’s programs are not possible without the amazing dedication of our volunteers! More than 200 community members give their time as volunteer ESL teachers, office staff, translators, and special event volunteers. As such, new volunteers are always needed, as our programs continue to expand.

Volunteer ESL Teachers

All Richardson Adult Literacy Center classes are led by trained volunteer teachers who come from all walks of life, most of whom have had no prior teaching experience nor speak another language. The most important trait needed to become a volunteer teacher is a passion for helping others learn English.

Teacher training and optional observation opportunities are provided by RALC before teachers are placed with students or a class. Training provides teachers with the tools needed and covers many areas to help guide you to a rewarding experience of teaching adult English language learners.

ESL (English as a Second Language) classes are “English immersion”; teachers do not need to know a language other than English. Classes occur twice a week, with both daytime and evening opportunities available.  These classes are highly interactive and help to develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.

Volunteer ESL teachers teach a two-hour class once or twice a week, daytime or evening, depending on their preference:

Daytime Classes:
Monday – Thursday, 2-hour class generally offered between 9:30 am and 2:30 pm (fixed weekly days/time based on level and location)

Evening Classes:
Monday – Thursday, 6:00-8:00 pm

Teacher Training


New volunteer teachers must complete the following training to prepare to teach RALC ESL classes.

  • Watch and Test on 4 Online Modules (2 hrs)
  • Attend a one hour Training Workshop Online and a one hour Teacher Kick Off event (scheduled twice a year (January and August)

Click here to sign-up to be a volunteer ESL teacher.

Want to find out more about being a volunteer ESL teacher? Visit our FAQ page.

Office Volunteers

Opportunities are available to assist in the RALC office on a regular basis during the work week. Duties include answering the phone, preparing student materials and assisting with general administrative work. Shifts are typically two hours once a week.

Email Andrea Hamblin at if you are interested in being an office volunteer.

Special Event Volunteers

Special event volunteers assist RALC by working at student registration events and various fundraising events, as their schedules allow. Emails are sent to this group as needs arise.

Email Andrea Hamblin at if you are interested in being a special event volunteer.

Intern with RALC!

RALC is happy to offer one student per semester with an opportunity to gain valuable work experience in communications, program evaluation, and more. If you are interested in helping as a Student Intern, please email

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