Volunteer as a tutor

Currently in Ireland there are almost 50,000 adults attending literacy courses nationwide. This service is mainly provided by the Education and Training Boards' (ETBs) Adult Literacy Services. While most Adult Literacy Services employ professional adult literacy tutors to deliver courses, some also rely on volunteer tutors to provide one-to-one tuition to learners. 

If you would like to find out more about volunteering as a tutor, you should contact your local ETB Adult Literacy Service (or Adult Education Centre). The Adult Literacy Organiser in this Centre will let you know if they need volunteers and if they are planning volunteer tutor training. This volunteer tutor training usually involves attending a class with other volunteers for one evening a week for about 6 weeks. Please note that all tutors are required to engage in Garda vetting without exception. You can use this map of Ireland to find a list of all the ETB Adult Literacy Services nationwide.

Please note that not every ETB Adult Literacy Service needs volunteers.

The Adult Education Centres are run by the Education and Training Boards and as they are independent of NALA, they are the best source of information about volunteering. NALA does not recruit tutors.

We wish you every success in becoming a literacy tutor.