Volunteer Job Board

Volunteering can be a great way to gain valuable experience in the field of language training, connect with peers and make new contacts, gain professional development credits for TESL Ontario accredited membership renewal or to simply give back to your community.

Salvation Army Toronto Harbour Light Ministries
Position: ESL Instructor
Location: Toronto

English Classes at the Salvation Army Harbour Light Ministries Immigrant & Refugee Service

Are you looking for something enriching, challenging and very rewarding to do with your spare time?. Then please consider joining The Salvation Army Immigrant & Refugee Service team of outstanding instructors and tutors.

You do not have to be a certified teacher to apply! You just need to have a passion for working with adults and helping them improve and learn English. We will give you guidance, assistance, ongoing support and hope to help you achieve your goals to become a dedicated and happy ESL instructor at the Salvation Army.

Qualifications for successful mentors:

  • College / University Degree
  • Teaching/tutoring experience
  • Soft Spoken
  • Great communication skills, in English
  • Outgoing personality
  • A passion for helping people learn

Program Description:

This program is offered by The Salvation Army, facilitated by volunteers and provides three classes held every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00 am to 12:00. The 3 levels taught are:

  • Beginner Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • High Intermediate Level

We are seeking a volunteer to teach / instruct the Mon/Wed. & Tues/Thurs. class in High/Intermediate Level English at the Immigrant & Refugees Center in the Salvation Army Harbour Light Ministries located at 160 Jarvis Street, Toronto.

Interested applicants should email a resumé to Julie Springer, Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@harbourlight.org by February 28, 2019.

Posted February 4, 2019

Paper Airplanes
Position: Volunteer English Tutor
Location: Online

Paper Airplanes is a non-profit that provides free online tutoring to individuals affected by conflict. We have a large demand for online English instruction and are looking for volunteer tutors for the Spring 2019 term. 

The time commitment is 2 hours per week: 1.5 hours of meeting with a student and 30 minutes of preparation reviewing the Paper Airplanes curriculum prior to lessons. There is also a training that tutors must complete prior to being matched with a student that takes 3-4 hours.

Tutors and students are matched based on gender, age, English proficiency, Arabic proficiency, and academic interests. Paper Airplanes' students are young adults, primarily in the age range of 18-35, who have been affected by conflict in the Middle East and North Africa. The majority of students are native Arabic speakers who wish to improve their English in order to pursue further education and employment opportunities.

Our next term will run from January 21st-May 19th and prospective volunteers can apply on our website: https://www.paper-airplanes.org/get-involved.

Posted January 17, 2019


VHA Home HealthCare
Position: In-Home ESL Tutor/Teacher Volunteer
Location: Toronto

Purpose: To help newcomer parents (clients)—who can’t access ESL classes because of child care needs—learn English. You’ll assist parents to read, write and practice conversational English they need to access resources, educational programs and employment opportunities. You’ll visit the parents in their home while their children are present.
Location: Toronto - All Areas


  • Mentor parent to improve their knowledge of English conversational skills
  • Identify learning needs and provide support
  • Help client develop self-confidence speaking and listening to English
  • Research relevant topics of interest to promote learning and life skills
  • Plan, organize and prepare weekly lesson plans
  • Prepare topics to widen client’s knowledge of community resources and opportunities
  • Provide feedback and guidance on language development
  • Attend monthly volunteer education/training
  • Submit weekly log


  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (9am-5pm)
  • Minimum 2 hours a week or more if available
  • 12 visists
  • Mandatory training session totaling 6 hours


  • 18 years of age or older


  • Visits occur in the homes of families with at least one child under the age of 6 living in the neighbourhoods in Toronto


  • Experience teaching ESL to newcomers or willingness to be trained
  • Desire to mentor and tutor newcomers on functional and everyday language skills
  • Dependable and self motivated, with the ability to facilitate tutoring sessions with minimal supervision
  • Empathetic and compassionate about the challenges faced by newcomers
  • Ability to recognize and respect cultural differences and apply this knowledge in cross-cultural interactions
  • Knowledge of community resources geared to supporting newcomers
  • Good command of the English language
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills


  • Orientation and training from regulated professionals on an ongoing basis
  • Monthly volunteer support meetings
  • Ongoing education/development opportunities


  • Application form with two references
  • Interview
  • Signed volunteer and confidentiality agreements
  • Clear Criminal reference check including the Vulnerable Sector Screening
  • Report to Program Supervisor on a regular basis
  • Volunteer Coordinator will be available for support

Interested applicants should email resume to Dawn Ashford, Coordinator, Volunteers at dashford@vha.ca

Posted January 8, 2019

TESL Ontario Social Content Committee
Position: LinkedIn Account Manager (1 position)
Location: Online - Self-directed

TESL Ontario is looking for one volunteer to join the TESL Ontario Social Content Committee as the Linkedin Account Manager.

The mandate of the Social Content Committee is:

  • To provide TESL Ontario members with an online professional community in which they can connect with their peers, obtain and share relevant resources, and teaching strategies.
  • To develop and provide direction, planning and execution of a social media strategy and practices for TESL Ontario that would result in a professional community for its members.

Requirements & Time Commitment:

  • Current TESL Ontario member
  • Access to a computer with internet capabilities
  • Ability to work from home
  • Comfortable with technology
  • Experience using Social Media
  • Solid Understanding of Social Media tools
  • Ability to commit to a minimum two-year term
  • Attend conference calls and/or meetings approximately 1 hour in length (3 - 4 meetings per year)
  • Approximately 6 - 8 hours per month

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage and maintain both the TESL Ontario LinkedIn company page and the TESL Ontario member group
  • Manage new group membership requests and conversations on TESL Ontario's Linkedin group
  • Post appropriate jobs, events, news, resources and other material of interest to TESL Ontario's Linkedin company page and TESL Ontario LinkedIn group.
  • Review member-posted material on the TESL Ontario Linkedin group
  • Participate in committee meetings and provide input on various committee projects and topics of discussion
  • Collaborate with other committee team members to provide a coordinated social media effort


Application Deadline is February 28, 2019. Interested applicants must complete the online application form, please note that you will be required to attach a resumé.

Apply Now!

Posted January 29, 2019


TESL Ontario Blog Team
Position: Blogger Manager (1 position)
Location: Online - Self-directed

The TESL Blog project is managed by a team of dedicated volunteers who have done a tremendous job in delivering valuable, educational information to the TESL community in blog format.

The focus of the TESL Ontario blog has been on practical classroom techniques, teaching strategies, practical uses for technology in the classroom and in-class activities spanning all areas of language training in Ontario.

TESL Ontario is looking for one volunteer to join the TESL Ontario Blog Administrator team as Blogger Manager for Occasional bloggers.

Requirements & Time Commitment:

  • Current TESL Ontario member
  • Access to a computer with internet capabilities
  • Ability to work from home
  • Comfortable with technology
  • Ability to commit to a minimum one-year term
  • Approximately 6 - 8 hours per month

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide high-quality editing for posts of guest/occasional bloggers and ensure in-house writing style standards are maintained
  • Schedule dates for posts and deadlines for post submissions
  • Maintain contact with bloggers and provide feedback, when necessary
  • Upload posts to blog platform and ensure regular, consistent posting schedules
  • Participate in team meetings, as required


  • Receive professional development hours that cover the requirements for renewal of accredited membership
  • Gain experience and training for blog development, project administration and working within a team environment
  • Be a part of the TESL Ontario volunteer team that is bringing new and innovative knowledge to the TESL Community
  • Expand your personal network of peers
  • Excellent experience for your resume

Application Deadline is February 28, 2019. Interested applicants must complete the online application form, please note that you will be required to attach a resumé.

Apply Now!

Posted January 29, 2019