Volunteer Application

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Enroot! We have already matched all of our students with tutors for the 2016-2017 school year. Your application will be moved a wait-list for next year, and we will look forward to working with you then.


Volunteer Description

Tutoring is a great way to connect with a local teen and have a positive impact on his or her life. As a tutor, you are a one-on- one academic resource for an immigrant high school student in our Enroot Program. Tutees in the Enroot Program are all immigrant high school students. Students are in grades 9-12 at either Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (CRLS) in Cambridge, MA or Somerville High School (SHS) in Somerville, MA. 

You help with homework, language skills, and study skills. After an initial interview and two hour group training, we match you with a student based on the subject area(s) you feel comfortable tutoring. Our staff is on site during all tutoring sessions to support you.

I’m proud of all the hard work that my tutee put into her biology coursework. While it’s her work ethic and not necessarily her grade that I’m proud of, the fact that she pulled her grade up 3 letters by the end of the semester is a testament to her dedication and diligence.
— Biology Tutor, 2014-15
The main highlight for me was seeing my tutee’s confidence in the subject grow. She moved from being timid and shy about what she knew to being self-reliant and assured that she was correct. I was consistently impressed by her growth and motivation.
— English Tutor, 2014-15

Time Commitment


6:00 PM -7:30 PM: depending on your tutee's school
Cambridge: Tuesday (Enroot offices) 
Somerville: TBD (Location TBD) 


1 required 2 hour training, optional networking and training events

Additional Resources

  • Khan Academy  – Videos on topics from virtually all high school subjects and more.
  • Breaking News English – Short readings with vocabulary exercises, questions and other activities already prepared.
  • ELLO – Listening activities which you can search and select according to level, topic, and speaker’s accent. Recordings often include a transcript.
  • NPR  – Listening and reading materials which you can search by topic to find a story that matches your student’s interests.
  • Dave’s ESL Café – Resources on grammar, slang, idioms, vocabulary, quizzes, etc.

Applying to College Resources