Volunteer Resource Center

Teaching English

Give the gift of English to our refugee community.

You don't have to be an English teacher to help a newcomer learn English! Anyone can help by volunteering to assist in an ESL classroom at one of the many programs across the city or by joining a conversation group to help newcomers practice speaking. You can volunteer to meet with a refugee once a week to do basic English practice at their home. Let us know if you want more information on how to help teach English. Email us at info@firststepin.org. Or contact one of these organizations to volunteer to assist or teach in a classroom.

Austin Public Library - Talk Time Conversation Practice

Address: various
Cost: Free
Childcare: No
Eligibility: Some English helpful
How to Enroll: Just show up!
Class Schedule: Varies (see website)

Covenant Presbyterian Church
Address: 3003 Northland Drive; Fellowship and Education Building (1st Floor)
Telephone: 512-454-5231

El Buen Samaritano
Address: 7000 Woodhue Drive, Austin, TX 78745
Telephone: 512-439-0700
Levels Offered: Five Levels
Fall 2018 Class Schedule: Mondays & Wednesdays 9:30-12:30 or Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:30-12:30 or Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 6:30-8:30
Conversation Class Schedule: Mondays 6:30-8:30 and Fridays 9:30-11:30 No registration required! Starts Monday, September 3rd.
Bus: Route 333 and Route 3
Summer Classes Offered: Yes (Summer 2018 FULL)


Foundation Communities
Address: Classes are held at two locations: Sierra Vista Learning Center at 4320 S. Congress Ave and Trails at Vintage Creek Learning Center at 7104 Northeast Drive
Telephone: 512-610-4020
Levels Offered: Beginning and Intermediate
Class Schedule: M-Th mornings 9:00-11:00am and evenings 6:30-8:30
Bus: Routes #1 (south) and #37 (north)
Summer Classes Offered: YES

First United Methodist Church
Address: 1300 Lavaca, Austin, TX 78701
Telephone: 512-478-5684
Eligibility: They do not take students with NO English.
Levels Offered: Multiple Levels (Including Advanced)
Class Schedule: Monday and Thursday Mornings 10:00 – 12:00
Bus: Many Capital Metro buses stop here.
Summer Classes Offered: Yes
Additional Information: Metered parking on the street.


Hope Presbyterian Church
Address: 11512 Olson Drive, Austin, TX 78750
Telephone: 512 331-2124 / 512-258-9117
Levels Offered: Multiple
Class Schedule: Fall2018ESLFlyer
Bus: Route 982 and 383
Summer Classes Offered: NO


Interfaith Action of Central Texas
Morning Classes: Central Presbyterian Church, 200 East 8th Street
Evening Classes: North Austin YMCA, 1000 West Rundberg Lane Telephone: (512) 386-9145
Levels Offered: Beginner through Intermediate
Class Schedule: Monday through Thursday mornings 9:00-12:00; Monday and Wednesday evenings

Morning Classes: Most downtown buses stop at Guadalupe and 8th Street; church is a ten-minute walk
Evening Classes: Routes 1, 801, 240, 275, 325
Summer Classes Offered: Yes


Life Bridge Austin ESL / Great Hills Baptist Church
Address: Great Hills Baptist Church, 10500 Jollyville Rd, Austin, TX 78759 Building A, Room 152
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/lifebridgeaustin
Telephone: 512-343-7763
Levels Offered: Multiple
Class Schedule:
Days: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, Mondays and Tuesdays
Evenings: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, Wednesdays
Bus: Route #3
Summer Classes Offered: NO


Manos de Cristo
Address: 4911 Harmon Ave., Austin, TX 78751
Telephone: 512-6284200
Levels Offered: Multiple Levels and computer literacy
Class Schedule: Mornings and Evenings (2X / week)
Summer Class Schedule: M-Th mornings or evenings (Intensive program)
Bus: Route 350, 10, or 7
Summer Classes Offered: Yes (2018 Classes FULL)
Additional Information:
Bus pass assistance and some scholarships for students unable to pay the registration fee.


Williamson County Literacy Council
Address: Multiple locations (click the link above to see different locations)
Telephone: 512 983 7009
Levels Offered: Beginning and Intermediate
Class Locations See this link for locations: http://www.literacycouncil-wc.org/ESL_1.html
Class Schedule: See this link for schedules: http://www.literacycouncil-wc.org/ESL_1.html
Bus: No Capital Metro services
Additional Information: These classes are NOT offered in Travis County.



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