AES World Languages and Cultures Institute

AES World Languages and Cultures Institute (AWLCI) is a nonprofit 501c3 organization committed to strengthening communities by bridging the gap between cultures and broadening our students’ horizons. 

Our community programs empower individuals to overcome cultural and languages barriers and promote harmony and tolerance in the community. ​To date, we have partnered with numerous organizations to teach over 800 students throughout the Boston area.

Read more information to learn more about our three principal initiatives and how you can get involved as a donor, volunteer, intern, or teacher.

 

Teaching Opportunities

While AWLCI's various initiatives rely most on volunteer support and teaching in their classes, paid teaching opportunities are available. In addition to paid 1-on-1 tutoring opportunities for both ESOL and medical Spanish, there is currently one opportunity available for classroom teaching.  

​Current Opportunities:

The Boston Medical Spanish Center (BMSC) is always looking for enthusiastic instructors on a per program basis. These opportunities is a chance to help increase understanding between healthcare providers and Spanish-speaking patients, and to improve the quality of care these patients receive. 

These are paid (up to $45/hour) and volunteer teaching opportunities. Programs are often held at our various partner sites.   

Program details vary based on partner needs.  Instructors will be assigned to specific projects according to organizational needs.  Hours are project-based, meaning hours vary depending on the specific project assignment.  

Responsibilities:

All instructors will be responsible for communicating with students about class information, creating lesson plans if needed, and for setting up and breaking down classrooms.  Private tutoring opportunities are also available. Instructors may also be referred private students to tutor independently of the BMSC.  

Qualifications:

  • Teaching experience is strongly preferred. Spanish fluency and English proficiency is required.
  • The ideal candidate will possess the following skills:
  • Fluency in Spanish and command of Spanish grammar
  • Ability to communicate in English
  • Comfortable with teaching in small classroom environments
  • Strong communication skills
  • Highly organized
  • Ability to work in a collaborative setting and willingness to accept constructive feedback
  • Comfortable with learning and implementing new and different methods of classroom language teaching and learning
  • Comfortable navigating language textbooks and teaching materials to develop engaging written and oral practice drills, games, etc.
  • Ability to cater to a range of student skills, knowledge, ages, and backgrounds
  • Fun, outgoing personality!

Free in-depth teacher training sessions and orientation is provided for instructors.  Training is unpaid and varies depending on experience, skill level, and project.  

To apply, please fill out our application. After submitting your application form, the application process includes an interview, teaching a mock class, and leading a mock conversation group. 

 

Volunteer Opportunities

For those interested in getting involved with the work of AWLCI through a volunteer position, we have opportunities in administration, curriculum development, and teaching/tutoring. Please read below to see if there is an opportunity to get involved that matches your interests. 

The following departments have availabilities: 

Administrative: 

  • 5-10 hours per week: Assist with research, writing, planning, and communication.
  • 10-15 hours per week: Take on multiple roles in different departments or a more robust role including managing projects or departments.
  • 15+ hours per week: If you are interested in volunteering more than 15 hours per week, please contact us to discuss your specific interests.

Potential Administrative roles include:

  • Recruitment and volunteer coordination
  • Grants research, writing and fundraising
  • Online presence, social media, SEO
  • Project Management 

Curriculum Development:

  • 7+ Hours per week
  • We have opportunities to assist with curriculum development and lesson planning for our English, Literacy, and medical Spanish courses. We focus on an interactive, intensive approach to language learning with an emphasis on speaking and comprehension. Training is provided!

Teaching/tutoring:

  • 5+ Hours per week
  • If you are interested in hands-on work tutoring adult ESOL and medical Spanish students 1-3 times per week, this is an excellent opportunity to learn more about intercultural understanding, language education, and teaching. You can also work with small groups of students and facilitate interactive activities to provide the most beneficial experience for students. 

 

Internship Opportunities

AWLCI is currently hiring Fall and Fall Spring for many unpaid, part-time administrative and linguistic internships. As an intern at AWLCI, you will gain extensive experience in the Non-Profit Sector, receive professional development training, and have the opportunity to play a leadership role in the organization.

Program Management Internship

Our Language Programs Coordination Internship provides interns with a unique opportunity to assist in the administration of a nonprofit organization. We are actively seeking a fall intern to begin immediately, and accepting applications for spring of 2019.  Some responsibilities will include: communicating with partner organizations and our students, recruiting instructors, and coordinating programs with other organizations. Our program will provide interns with extensive training and opportunities to develop teaching and leadership skills.  This is an unpaid position.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualities:​

  • English Fluency
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Google Docs
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • A proactive work ethic and professional demeanor
  • Ability to work in a collaborative setting and willingness to accept constructive feedback
  • Interest in working with underserved immigrant populations

 

ESOL/Adult Literacy and Curriculum Development Internship

​Our ESOL/Adult Literacy Teaching and Curriculum Development Internship provides interns with a unique opportunity to work directly with the students in our ESOL courses and to assist in creating lesson plans for a variety of English levels. Interns will both aid in teaching our ESOL classes, and help to develop our curriculum.

Interns will also be responsible for a variety of administrative tasks related to our language classes. Our program will provide interns with extensive training and opportunities to develop teaching and leadership skills.  This is an unpaid position.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualities:​

  • English Fluency
  • Background or strong interest in teaching and education
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • A proactive work ethic and professional demeanor
  • Ability to work in a collaborative setting and willingness to accept constructive feedback
  • Interest in working with underserved immigrant populations and gaining experience teaching ESOL and literacy

 

Medical Spanish Teaching and Curriculum Development Internship:

Internship opportunities for individuals to teach Spanish in a medical context to health care professionals and design lesson plans for our immersive Medical Spanish classes through our Medical Spanish Teaching and Curriculum Development Internship.

Interns will work with our team to create lesson plans for a variety of Spanish levels and receive training to tutor and teach students. This program will provide interns with extensive training and opportunities to develop teaching and leadership skills. Interns will also be responsible for administrative tasks related to our medical Spanish programs. This is an unpaid position.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualities:​

  • Strong oral communication skills
  • A proactive work ethic and professional demeanor
  • Ability to work in a collaborative setting and willingness to accept constructive feedback
  • Interest in helping Spanish-speaking individuals gain access to critical health care services

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