Help Refugees Learn English

Most refugees are faced with the challenge of having to navigate through life in Portland while not being able to speak English when they first get here. Understanding and speaking English is the biggest priority once refugees are initially transitioned, as they’re expected to become self-sufficient within the first eight months. It’s the biggest factor in being able to work and support themselves.

We partner with organizations that have existing ESL and tutoring programs that we support, and recommend volunteering with one of the programs below.

Pamoja House
Pamoja House is a multicultural organization serving the diverse immigrant community in the SW Portland area through education, counseling, and vocational services. They specialize in ESL, driver’s education, tutoring, and citizenship classes. There are a variety of men’s and women’s class offerings, scheduled on varying days and times. Location: 11830 SW Kerr Pkwy, Ste. 100, Lake Oswego, OR 97035. Contact: 503.467.6882 or

Homework Club at Rockwood CDC
Help refugee and immigrant children ages pre-school through eighth grade with their math, reading, writing and English. This tutoring center is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from at Barberry Village (188th & Burnside). Volunteers must be able to commit to at least two days per month for four months. No prior experience is required. Background checks and a one-time, 30 minute training is required. Contact:

Tutoring at Davis Elementary
Tutor immigrant and refugee parents on Fridays from at Davis Elementary School in Rockwood. They tutor in ESOL and computer literacy, and create a welcoming environment for the parent community at Davis (which has a large refugee population). All long-term volunteers will need to complete a background check with the Reynolds School District. Contact:

ESL Classes at SW Bible Church
Volunteers are needed for ESL classes in the Beaverton area. Classes take place on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, and there are volunteer opportunities for greeters, drivers, childcare, and tutors. Location: 14605 SW Weir Rd, Beaverton, OR, 97007. Contact: