Volunteer to teach English online

Are you looking for online English teaching experience? Want to use your teaching skills for a good cause? Find out how you can volunteer to teach English online with Australian, New Zealand and International organisations in order to break into the field …or just give back.

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Not all of these organisations offer strictly ONLINE English tutoring and may require some form of in-person contact. Please follow COVID-19 guidelines and visit their websites for more information about the details of how to volunteer.

If you see the code [NFP] this indicates that this organisation is 100% not-for-profit.

How to volunteer

Each organisation below has their own particular criteria  for volunteers so it is best to check with them directly. A few good rules of thumb:

  • Many organisations (especially those who work with children) will require you to pass a Background/Police check and/or have a WWC (Working With Children Check). Each state has a different application for a WWC, so search for the one in your resident state.
  • Make sure that you read the requirements and time commitment/s for the position carefully before applying. 
  • If you don’t find anything on this list that suits, you can also find positions on https://www.volunteer.com.au/ – many that are short-term/event based. This might be better than a long-term commitment for some. 
  • Finally, have fun and congratulate yourself for your contribution. Thank you. 

Volunteering in Australia

Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) is a free service to help eligible migrants and humanitarian entrants with low English levels to improve their English language skills and settle into Australia.








AMEP (via North Metropolitan TAFE, Perth)


AMEP (Melbourne)


AMEP (Tasmania)


Navitas (SW Sydney and Canberra)
The Volunteer Tutor Scheme encourages people to join us in supporting adult migrants and humanitarian entrants who complete our Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP), helping them develop their English skills and settle into life in Australia.


AMES (Victoria)
You will work alongside our newly arrived refugee and migrant clients and our committed and passionate staff, joining over 500 AMES Australia volunteers


Djerriwarrh Community and Education Services (Melbourne West, Ballarat)
Volunteering for Learning for Employment’s AMEP Volunteer Tutor Scheme involves meeting newly arrived migrants and refugees to help them learn English. [NFP]



St Vincent De Paul Society
Refugee English Tutor (QLD)


Read Write Now! (WA)
1 to 1 help for adults who want to improve their reading, writing, maths, study or basic computer skills. [NFP]


Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre (WA)
MMRC endeavors to bridge gaps that refugees and new migrants encounter during their settlement in Australia.


SisterWorks Inc. (Nation-wide)
SisterWorks is a partner of UN Women to deliver UN Women’ Second Chance Education pilot project in Australia. SisterWorks provides training programs to the most vulnerable women with little English of Refugee and migrant backgrounds. As an English Teacher Volunteer, you will be providing a training programme online, empowering migrant and refugee women by teaching them conversational English. [NFP]


STEPS (Darwin)
“We offer a number of flexible, part-time volunteer roles for anyone who wishes to get involved and help our students to gain English skills so they are more confident in accomplishing their future goals in Australia.”


Volunteering in New Zealand

English Language Partners
Help former refugees and migrants learn English and join New Zealand society. Deliver language support in the learners’ own homes. [NFP]


Help Tank
Volunteer with English Language Partners and help us provide free English lessons to former refugees and migrants.


Let’s Talk Language Learning Groups (Auckland)
Did you grow up in New Zealand and did you use English in your home? University of Auckland students who use English as an additional language (EAL) would love to talk to you.


International Organisations

Language Linkers
We empower refugees with 1:1, digital language courses volunteered by professional language teachers. [NFP]


Stepping Stones China
With a mission to improve the education and general welfare of disadvantaged children in China, Stepping Stones has hosted numerous programs focused on children’s education and well-being since 2006. [NFP]


Do you know of any other organisations where you can volunteer to teach/tutor English online? Let us know in the comments!

About the Author:

Kate (GradCertEd (TESOL)) studied a TESOL certificate in 2010 and has been teaching English ever since, tutoring ‘freelance’ for many years before starting an independent teaching business. She began Teach English Online to support Australians and New Zealanders to, well… succeed teaching English online. Whether you are just starting out, want to apply to one of the 300+ global companies or build your own small independent teaching business, she can help.

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