CIVIC Instructor (Work Study)

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Boat People SOS, Inc., a national, community-based organization serving primarily Vietnamese-American refugees and immigrants, is pleased to announce the start of its next Citizenship Initiative for Vietnamese Immigrant Communities (CIVIC) unit at their Delaware Valley Branch.

What is our goal? To help green-card holders – of any nationality – become U.S. citizens and receive all the benefits citizenship entails.

This position also qualifies as work study for college students.

Please send resume and cover letter to Linh.Pham@bpsos,org


We need volunteers to teach citizenship preparation classes twice a week in the evenings at our offices for four months. Classes should be fun, interactive—and most importantly—effective. Instructional methods will include the use of lectures, visuals, multimedia, worksheets, games, oral and written quizzes, and role play.

Positions for mock interviewers (volunteers who help immigrants practice for their citizenship interviews) are available as well, requiring attendance during class times but little to no prep time.

Positions for one-on-one volunteer tutors or English conversation partners may also be available on a case-by-case basis. Positions are unpaid; travel reimbursement is not available for this volunteer position.


1) Commitment and reliability – Instructors must be available two evenings per week, for two hours at a time, plus additional time planning lessons and grading assignments (approximately six hours per week). Mock interviewers and individual tutors may contribute two to four hours per week. All volunteers must be able to commit to at least four months, preferably longer.

2) Cultural sensitivity – You should be able to demonstrate sensitivity to individuals from diverse cultures, either through coursework (in anthropology, sociology, international studies, or similar fields) or direct experience.

3) Education – Each instructor or tutor must be currently enrolled in high school or college or have completed a bachelor’s degree. A high school student must have at least a 3.50 overall GPA and at least a B+ average across English classes. A college student or graduate should be able to prove at least a B average across English and/or education coursework. Coursework in TESOL a plus. (Mock interviewers are exempt from educational requirements.)

4) Languages – Native or near-native proficiency in English required. Vietnamese competency preferred but not required.

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