Adult Education Volunteers

Adult education volunteers first need to complete an application. Prior teaching experience is not required. After receiving the volunteer application, the volunteer coordinator will contact you for an interview. OTC requires completion of a background check, an orientation and free training program (all instructional materials supplied at no cost). Volunteers and students meet at Adult Education and Literacy class sites during regular hours. The schedule depends on areas of interest and student needs. Average volunteer time is 2-3 hours per week.


Volunteer positions are available in the following counties: Greene, Taney, Christian, Polk, Dallas and Laclede. Adult Education and Literacy volunteers assist the instructors in preparing adults for the GED or high school equivalency test (HiSET). Volunteers may help with math, language arts or reading, while other volunteers may assist with clerical or record-keeping needs. Volunteers also tutor English language learners.

Qualifications to be an AEL volunteer include a high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma. Volunteers should be able to relate to a variety of people and maintain student confidentiality. Successful volunteers also possess the following traits: patience, optimism, friendliness, a sense of humor and the desire to make a difference in someone’s life.

Benefits of being a Volunteer

  • Improve your community
  • Help someone learn to read
  • Set an example for children and grandchildren
  • Make a difference in someone’s life
  • Learn more about yourself
  • Share your gifts and talents with others
  • Help change your own little piece of the world
  • Looks good on a resume
  • Broaden your horizons
  • Make someone smile!