Volunteer at St. Mark's

Volunteers are at the heart of our St. Mark’s programs. They come to us as high school seniors, working people, and retirees. They have a wide range of backgrounds and talents. They work closely with students to help them achieve their goals by teaching English in the ESOL classes or helping students prepare for citizenship interviews.

Our volunteers generously share their time and talents and enjoy the satisfaction of seeing their students succeed. They bring enthusiasm and new ideas to the program and play a major role in its growth and vitality. 

Contact Director Mike Oliver for additional information:

Email: mike@stmarksesol.org 

Phone: 617-288-8515 

You may also volunteer by visiting Boston Cares:

Boston Cares | Partner | St. Mark's Community Education Program


Beginner English Class Co-teacher
Are you passionate about helping new immigrants learn basic survival English skills? Do you have CELTA or TEFL ESL teaching certification or experience with teaching beginner English learners?  If you can commit 4-5 hours per week for 8 weeks to co-teach a group of 10-12 learners, then this volunteer role is for you. SMCEP provides training, curriculum, and classroom activities.

Tutor for ESOL classes
Work with up to three students to improve listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Evening classes are held online Tuesdays –Thursdays 6:30 – 9 pm. This is a weekly commitment of at least one class per week for a minimum of three months. 

Small Group Leader for Citizenship classes

Work with up to three students to help them prepare for the citizenship exam by practicing interviewing skills, studying the 100 questions and writing and reading simple English sentences as well as filling out the citizenship application. Current classes are online via Zoom.  Classes are held once weekly for 2 hours each.  A 10-week commitment is preferred. 


Teacher for Citizenship Classes

Teach English vocabulary or Civics/History lessons to students studying for their citizenship interview.  We will train and support you. Most teachers begin by serving first in the role of Small Group Leader to enable them to learn the curriculum. 10 week commitment.


Zoom Host/Class Co-Host Citizenship Classes

Help run citizenship Zoom classes, create breakout rooms, assist students with Zoom, take student attendance. 10 week commitment. 


Social Media 

Help us leap into the 21st century and coordinate our social media presence


SMCEP needs advice and assistance in crafting an online fundraising campaign.

St. Mark Volunteer Peg Toro Receives Award from Boston Cares