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.
(1) ESL Program
· Teach ESL Classes:
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. 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.
· Support ESL program and volunteer teachers:
o Manage supplies in ESL classrooms ensuring the materials are prepared and stocked for
o Organize lesson plan folders & materials cabinet; replace and update outdated materials or make new versions of materials.
o Ensure that visuals accompanying ESL lesson plans are in the right place and are of high quality.
o Gather attendance sheets weekly from ESL classrooms and enter attendance data into the Casa Latina database.
(3) Miscellaneous Activities
- Support special events and fundraisers
- Attend staff meetings (Wednesdays 12-2pm)
- DAY Worker Center
· Assist in the Day Worker Center (DWC) for one or two weekly shifts:
DWC assistants work closely with the DWC Coordinators and many of the position’s duties focus around
communication with prospective employers including:
- receiving calls requesting workers
- processing online worker requests
- negotiating with employers around fair wages and safe workplace conditions,
- communicating Casa Latina’s expectations to potential employers
- following up with employers regarding their experience with Casa Latina workers
- entering employment and feedback information into the DWC database
Working in the DWC is a great opportunity to gain experience in the most direct employment work done here at Casa Latina – a model that is being replicated around the country!
DWC Schedule: Mon.-Fri. 7:00am-10:30am / Sat. 7:00am-10:30am
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.