NOTE: CASA LATINA FOLLOWS A RIGOROUS PROCESS TO SELECT, ONBOARD AND TRAIN VOLUNTEERS BEFORE THEY START SERVING AT CASA LATINA. MAKE SURE THAT YOU SCHEDULE TIME TO GO THROUGH THIS PROCESS BEFORE YOU COME TO CASA LATINA.
Casa Latina was founded in 1994 to empower Seattle’s Latino immigrants by providing them educational and economic opportunities, giving people the tools they need to work, live, support their families and contribute to the Seattle community.
Our Education Program, Day Worker Center, Workers' Defense Committee, and the Leadership Program are all focused on giving the training, knowledge and support needed for our constituents to move toward greater self-sufficiency.
For 20 years, Casa Latina has taught ESL classes to day laborers and is nationally recognized for its contextualized curriculum based on community needs. It has been recognized in the ESL field as providing an effective community response to teaching non-traditional students: low literate immigrant workers.
o Teach a weekly ESL class or sub for other instructors depending upon schedule and availability
o Note: ESL classes are taught in the Day Workers’ Center, in the mornings, Monday through Saturday except Thursdays. The ESL program utilizes popular education and ‘practical’ ESL theory to cover topics from business negotiations to immigration to health. Interns must observe five ESL classes prior to teaching and a minimum commitment of three months is required. Some Spanish language skills are required.
If you would like to sign up for this volunteer opportunity, here are next steps for Casa Latina:
1. fill out this Casa Latina Volunteer Application: https://casa-latina.org/volunteer-interest-form/
2. schedule a time for your Volunteer Orientation (these are 30-40 min. meetings on Zoom) with Volunteer Coordinator
3. immediately following orientation, sign and date the last 3 pages of Volunteer Handbook, (which will be emailed to you before your orientation) and send them to Volunteer Coordinator.
4. after orientation you will be put in touch with the supervisor of your volunteer department to get started volunteering
5. follow up with Volunteer Coordinator, make sure your impact/hours are entered through Give Pulse as well as through Casa Latina Volunteer Hours log, which will be sent to you before your orientation.
Internship will begin in Fall 2020, with a minimum weekly commitment of 9 hours.
Intern should possess intermediate Spanish language skills, experience/interest in working with racially and economically diverse communities, experience/interest in working to develop and deepen your cultural competency skills, experience/interest in contributing to the social justice work of our organization.