Become a Volunteer

We are looking for a variety of volunteers who have an interest in foreign languages and who enjoy children!

" I would love to see all schools with this type of program to teach children Spanish!  It was a great experience volunteering with Hooray for Languages and thank you for giving me the opportunity to teach Spanish to children at Countryside." 

-- Taylena, Hooray for Languages Volunteer

 

Hooray for Languages offers weekly 30-minute classes at different times throughout the year.  Choose the location and schedule that work for you.  We work with child care centers, preschools, libraries, summer camps, and community centers.

  • Parents, Professionals, & Retired Individuals  Are you looking to get more involved in the community?  Do you enjoy children? 
  • Students & Educational Institutions  Want to help young children learn foreign languages?  Are you a college student or high school student?  Or, are you from an educational institution that encourages community involvement? 
  • Businesses & Organizations  Does your business or organization value the importance of learning foreign languages at an early age?  Collaborate with us to provide volunteer opportunities to employees!

Current Volunteer Opportunities

  • We are currently seeking volunteers with a basic knowledge of Spanish for our 2017-2018 sessions.      
  • Weekly classes are 30-minutes, and each session is approximately eight weeks.  

As a volunteer...

  • You will receive an orientation/training program prior to starting your session.
  • You will receive all curriculum and teaching material.  
  • You will have the ability to choose the location and schedule that works for you, based on our current programs offerings.
  • You may co-teach with a friend or colleague if you'd like someone else to join you.
  • There will be at least one classroom teacher/teacher's assistant/organization representative present at all times.
  • Check out our Volunteer Flyer!

Qualifications:

  • You enjoy children and like to laugh!
  • You know Spanish at least on a basic level, i.e., you have had at least one semester of high school Spanish (it doesn't matter when!) or you are a native speaker.  We aim to offer programs that include additional languages in the future.
  • You are dependable, responsible, and able to commit to teaching a weekly session, which runs for eight weeks.  Co-teaching is also an option.
  • You have a reliable form of transportation that allows you to arrive at a teaching location approximately 5-10 minutes prior to the class beginning.
  • You are at least sixteen years of age.
  • You are willing to complete paperwork for a background check and any other requirements for working with children.
  • You have never been charged with violence or any type of charge involving a child or young person.
  • You are willing to attend a volunteer orientation and sit in on a current class.

How to Apply

If you are interested in volunteering, please complete a Volunteer Application.  Questions?  Contact Anne Nichelson at anne@hoorayforlanguages.org.  Or, contact us and mention your interest in volunteering.  

Application Deadlines  - We recommend applying as soon as you're interested in volunteering since we review applications as they come in. 

  • Fall: July 31st - extended until August 15th
  • Winter:  November 20th
  • Spring: January 25th
  • Summer: April 26th

Sessions - Eight-week programs run throughout the year.  Session time frames are approximate and may change slightly due to holidays, a facility’s preference, or a volunteer’s availability.

  • Fall: Mid-September - Mid-November
  • Winter: Mid-January - Mid-March
  • Spring: Late-March - Mid-May
  • Summer: Mid-January - Mid-August