Become a volunteer

Beaverton Literacy Council is an all-volunteer organization helping over 300 adult learners improve their English skills. We hope you will join this meaningful work!

Please click here to complete our volunteer interest form. We will let you know when volunteer registration opens for fall classes (in July). Thank you!

2021-2022 BLC Online and In-person

For 2021-2022, we will offer online classes through Zoom. Over the summer, we evaluate conditions for adding back in-person classes in Beaverton.

What's required for volunteers?

We ask that you are a fluent English speaker and that you want to teach students from many cultures and countries. You don't have to be a grammar expert or have extensive teaching experience, but you do have to love learning and helping others learn!

  • For teaching online, you will need a laptop or desktop computer with a stable wifi connection. (Sorry, tablets and phones are not optimal for teaching with Zoom.)

There's training too! We will hold live/Zoom-based training in the summer and fall. We also encourage volunteers to observe other BLC teachers, attend our volunteer Roundtable discussions, attend the Portland Literacy Council spring conference, and more.

A few more details

  • BLC Online classes meet twice per week. Each class session is either 75 minutes online, 90 minutes in-person evenings, or 2 hours in-person mornings. BLC students are also invited to attend online conversation or grammar enrichment classes that meet weekly.

  • You may choose to volunteer just once per week, working with a partner who will teach/assist the other day.

  • Classes run from mid-September through early June.

  • If you are unable to commit to the full year, we ask for a commitment of at least September through December.

  • Classes take the usual school holidays according to the Beaverton Public School calendar. If you need to miss class periodically, you can use our sub list to get coverage for your class.

All Beaverton Literacy Council students and instructors must be at least 18 years of age. With that exception, the BLC does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.