Volunteer Opportunities

English As a Second Language (ESL) and English Language Learner Support (ELL) – K-12

Category: Languages
Program: Ottawa Volunteers in Education
Region: east, west, south, central
Grade Level: elementary, intermediate, secondary
*Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC) Required



English As a Second Language (ESL) volunteers are needed to help Pre-K to Grade 12 students to assist in acquiring English proficiency.  The volunteer will collaborate with the educator to enhance the daily ESL opportunities for students.

The students are mainly new Canadians including the 500 Syrian refugee students who are in our OCDSB schools.

You will provide assistance to students who need support understanding English in general (reading & writing) along with assisting them to adapt to their new environment.


Address: Ottawa, ON, Canada

*Requires a recent Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC). Instructions on how to get a PVSC will be emailed to you after you apply online.

Please note that all volunteer positions require careful screening and a Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC). Not all applicants will be accepted.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering!

The registration process takes about 15 minutes.