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Why Volunteer With the ESLC?DSC 0004

For the reason that you can make a remarkable difference in someone’s life by giving them the language skills to succeed in the United States and in the local community.

What does a Volunteer do?

Volunteers are the vehicle through which our organization delivers our service and are our most valuable asset. We provide a 12 hour volunteer training for all of our volunteers, which are held several times throughout the year. Our trainings teach new volunteers who we are, who our students are, and different ways to instruct English and interact with adults from different cultures who have little or no English skills.

After our volunteers complete a 12 hour training we ask them to commit to a minimum of 100 volunteer hours. These volunteer hours include lesson plan preparation, travel, and teaching time. This requirements means that volunteers give 5 hours per week for about 6 months. Click on the PDF link below to learn more details about this volunteer opportunity.

pdfVolunteer Job Description

If you are ready to get involved with our organization then simply click on the ESLC Volunteer Application below and be sure to identify a training you would like to attend. All trainings will be held at our Center, 4444 South 700 East, suite 100. Our training is a total of 12 hours. In order for us to teach the 12 hours we break the training up into sessions. Every session is 3 hours. That means you would have to attend sessions one through four to complete our training. In addition we will ask you to observe a current volunteer teach one class. Our upcoming training dates and times are listed below. If you need to miss a session please let us know and we work with you to make it up at another time.

Also, there is a one-time $50 fee for training and classroom materials along with a necessary background check for our volunteers. If you have any questions, concerns or just feel like you need to talk to someone please contact Beth Garstka at 801-328-5608 or at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Thank you for your your interest!

April Training: 9-3:30 pm
Session 1: Saturday 11
Session 2: Saturday 11

Session 3: Saturday 18

Session 4: Saturday 18  

June Training 9-3:30 pm
Session 1: Saturday 13

Session 2: Saturday 13

Session 3: Saturday 20

Session 4: Saturday 20

August Training 5-8 pm
Session 1: Tuesday 4
Session 2: Thursday 6 

Session 3: Tuesday 11 

Session 4: Thursday 13  

October Training 9-3:30 pm
Session 1: Saturday 17

Session 2: Saturday 17

Session 3: Saturday 24

Session 4: Saturday 24

November Training 5-8 pm
Session 1: Tuesday 10

Session 2: Thursday 12

Session 3: Tuesday 17

Session 4: Thursday 19


pdfESLC Volunteer Application

Right of Refusal Statement
To promote a safe, constructive learning environment for its students, volunteers, and staff, the English Skills Learning Center reserves its Right to Refuse participation by any individual in any service or activity that - in its sole discretion – is regarded as posing an unreasonable risk to its mission, goals, or reputation for programming excellence. Your application to participate in any program or activity constitutes your acknowledgement of the Center’s ability to exercise this right at will. While no screening practice is guaranteed, the Center makes its determinations on a best efforts basis and appreciates your understanding of any decisions made in applying this Right of Refusal.









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Here’s what some of our volunteers have said about teaching:

ESLC Logo copyWhat a great victory and joy the past 21 months have been for me as an eslc volunteer english teacher. My heart is full of gratitude for the opportunity the eslc has provided me: to learn, to teach, to grow as a person and a teacher, and to build relationships with such wonderful people - both at the ESLC and with my students! I couldn't have asked for a better class. I have loved this experience and honored this work. I will always remember my time with the ESLC and the life changing and enhancing experience it has been...It was heartwarming to feel their love and feel that I've made a difference in their lives. They certainly have made a difference in mine. Christine Petersen

ESLC Logo copyIt's going great! I think I'm getting the hang of things - planning lessons and actually teaching. I've had 5 or more coming to class consistently for the past two weeks. We're all getting along great and making good progress. Matt Bateman

ESLC Logo copyThis was my first month teaching ESL! It's an incredible experience to have my own group of students to teach and likewise learn from. We've covered several topics, including names of office items, how to fill out information forms and id info, prepositions, and feelings/emotions. The students all seem so cheerful and happy to be learning new things! They participate well and never seem to get angry or frustrated when things get difficult. I'm amazed and encouraged by their wonderful attitudes and presence. I'm thrilled to have this opportunity to teach through the ESLC! Suzanne Sammann