Our 100+ volunteers are your friends, neighbors and relatives who are also committed to improving our community.  Currently, our greatest need is for tutors to teach our adult learners, but we also have volunteer opportunities in our office.

The Role of a Tutor

A Tutor may decide to be trained in the teaching of Basic Literacy and/or English as a Second Language. Training programs range from 12 to 18 hours depending on the program(s) you choose:

Basic Literacy (BL) teaches reading and writing to adults who speak and understand English.

English as a Second Language (ESL) teaches conversational English, survival competencies, reading and writing to non-English speaking adults. Tutors do not need to be proficient in a foreign language.   

A Tutor may also facilitate learning groups such as Reading Clubs, Conversation Groups, or U.S. Citizenship Preparation. Please contact the Program Director for more information.

The Requirements & Responsibilities

LVGW believes in a student-centered, collaborative process focusing on language experience and real-life needs.
No prior teaching experience is necessary.


Tutors must:

Be at least 18 years old with a high school diploma or equivalent.

-Attend an Orientation and complete the Tutor Training Series to become certified.

-Be able to speak and understand English well enough to communicate clearly.

-Demonstrate proficiency in reading and writing English.

-Commit to one year of service which consists of a minimum of 1½ hours each week, plus lesson preparation time.

-Submit monthly reports to the LVGW office to monitor tutoring hours and each student’s skills and goals.

-Attend at least one continuing education workshop each year. These workshops provide tips and techniques to hone teaching skills.

-Demonstrate appropriate behavior.


The Rewards:

-Improve our community by raising literacy levels.

-Learn about other countries and cultures.

-Experience the joy of helping another person to achieve personal and/or professional success.


To learn more about becoming a LVGW Tutor…
Contact Vanessa Vowe at Vvowe@waterburyct.org or:
Please call our office at 203-754-1164 to register for an upcoming Tutor & Volunteer Orientation session, dates found on Our Calendar.

But if Tutoring is not for you…
You can still help Literacy Volunteers of Greater Waterbury. Please call our office to discuss other volunteer opportunities.

Please see the RESOURCE Page for Tutor Report links.