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. 


Volunteer Opportunities


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 their 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


Do you have a virtual green thumb? SMCEP needs advice and assistance in crafting an online fundraising campaign.

Would you like to volunteer?


 Email us at mike@stmarksesol.org 


  Call:  617-288-8515 


  Visit Boston Cares www.bostoncares.org

Peg Toro Receives Award from Boston Cares

Boston Cares Partnership


Many volunteers come to us through our partnership with Boston Cares where they can receive training through their Allies for Immigrants program and track volunteers through their volunteering program.  Training and support are provided for all volunteer activities regardless of experience level.  

Boston Cares, the largest volunteer mobilizer in New England, recruits and trains individual volunteers who strengthen communities and improve the lives of people in need. Allies for Immigrants is one of the programs Boston Cares coordinates. In partnership with English for New Bostonians, Allies for Immigrants trains volunteers to be tutors for adult English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes and support English learners preparing for the US Citizenship exam. If you have any questions or would like to hear more about Allies for Immigrants you can contact Nicole, the Allies for Immigrants Program Coordinator, at nplante@bostoncares.org.