Students & Alumni: Teaching Opportunities in the Houston Area & Beyond

TEACHING OPPORTUNITIES IN HOUSTON

Gaining teaching experience will give you a competitive advantage when applying for the Fulbright Program.  Resources for such opportunities are summarized below. 

Volunteer
There are many opportunities for you to volunteer to teach English or tutor ESL learners in Houston. Many libraries, charities, area ministries, and religious organizations offer ESL classes.

Avance
Catholic Charities
Literacy Advance

Volunteer Match (Search for "ESL")
YMCA International Services

Cross-Cultural Training via LCC Conversation Club
UH Fulbright applicants can gain Cross-Cultural Training and teaching experience by serving as a Guide in the LCC Conversation Club.  Applications are accepted prior to the start of each semester.

Professional Development
To learn more about teaching English to speakers of other languages, consider joining the organizations listed below or attending one of their conferences. 

Teachers of English to Speakers of other Languages (TESOL)
Texas Teachers of English to Speakers of other Languages, Region IV Affiliate (TexTESOL IV)
Texas Association for Literacy and Adult Education (TALAE)

Careers
Teaching English to speakers or other languages is a very rewarding career. It offers opportunities to travel and work abroad or to stay in the United States and work with amazing people from around the world. As an ESL teacher, there are opportunities to work in a k-12 setting, at community centers, at the community college level in adult basic education (ABE) or ESL, or at an intensive English program (IEP) with adults. IEPs, such as the Language and Culture Center at the University of Houston, offer international students the opportunity to study English full-time to prepare them for university-level academic studies in English.