Overview: The English Tutor/Conversation Partner assists First Presbyterian Evanston in accomplishing its mission: To know Christ and to grow in him as we serve and make disciples in Evanston, the Chicago area, and the world. The person in this position assists a refugee in English language acquisition in a one-on-one setting. 


  • Arrangements have been made to meet with a refugee (child or adult)  for one hour each week either on Zoom or in person. 
  • The individual has been assisted with learning the English language through conversation or tutoring based on their individual needs. 
  • A report will be given to the Director of Mission each month to discuss progress, problems, and next steps. 
  • Second and fourth quarter meetings will be  attended, with leaders and other family volunteers for planning and problem solving. 
  • Group special events have been attended as possible: Refugee Thanksgiving Dinner, Syrian Mother’s Day outing, and the summer picnic.  

Relationships, Team Composition:

The English Tutor/Conversation Partner reports to the Director of Mission and is part of a 10-person team. 

Time Commitment: 1 – 2 Hours per Week


Special Talents, Skills Preferred: Hospitality, encouragement, helping, skill and comfort with communicating with non-English speakers, enjoys being with people, cross-cultural sensitivity, takes initiative. 

Resources, Training Provided: Orientation, First Friends meetings for mutual help and brainstorming, resource booklet, individual help by First Friends leaders, optional training available with World Relief.  

Contact Person(s):

Sally Ivaska,  sallyivaska1@gmail.com
Caryl Weinberg, cweinberg@firstpresevanston.org

Volunteer job description written 4/23/21
Rev. 6/30/21