Basic Literacy & ESL Training

Help someone learn to read, write or speak English!

Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe conducts free tutoring for adults in basic literacy and English as a Second Language. This service is crucial in the Santa Fe community where, according to the 2010 U.S. Census, 34% of adults are functionally illiterate and 33% do not speak English. You can help by becoming a volunteer tutor. All it takes is your commitment, our training and a desire to help others have a better life.

Tutor Training Sessions

Since 1985, more than 4,200 tutors have helped over 12,600 students with their English language skills. These adult students are better able to function in the community and in the workplace, and they are better prepared to help their children with their homework. Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe is the only organization providing this service to adults.

Due to the intense nature of the training, attendance is required at all sessions, including the follow-up session. Tutors are carefully interviewed, trained, and matched with students. They receive ongoing support from LVSF staff and opportunities to improve their tutoring skills through workshops and in-service trainings. Non-tutor volunteers also assist LVSF with public relations, administrative tasks, and fundraising.

Click here for information regarding upcoming tutor training sessions. Our trainings are at Santa Fe Community College.

For more information about this rewarding experience, contact us at or call (505) 428-1353.

To get started as a volunteer tutor, please fill out this application Tutor Application Form.