Email a Friend Translate This Page Printer Friendly Text Size: Small Medium Large
NYC Office of Actuary NYC Department for the Aging
Unique Opportunities

English as a Second Language Teacher - Mandarin Speaking

Corsi Senior Center, located in East Harlem, Manhattan is a lively place that brings together older adults who want to be engaged in their communities and with their peers. Senior centers provide the services older adults need to be healthy, happy and as independent as they can be. Corsi Senior Center offers a wide range of services and activities for older adults, including hot meals, a variety of classes, social services and more. Corsi Senior Center needs 1 volunteer to lead an English as a Second Language (ESL) class for a small group of Mandarin speaking older adults.


  • Create weekly lesson plans that will support participants speaking in English
  • Lead weekly ESL classes for 5-10 Mandarin speaking older adults
  • Create and administer benchmark assessments to gauge progress of participants
  • Plan monthly socialization activities for participants


  • Attend a DFTA Volunteer Information Session
  • Be fluent in spoken and written Mandarin and English
  • Must have great communication and organizational skills
  • Maintain constructive relationships with center staff and students
  • Participate in an in-person interview with senior center staff
  • Submit DFTA Volunteer Time Sheet(s) for completed service

Skills Preferred:

  • Experience working with older adults preferred, but not required
  • TEFL, CELTA, TESOL or equivalent desired, but not required


  • Onsite senior center orientation will be provided

Time Commitment:

  • 2 consistent days per week, Mondays - Fridays
  • 1 - 2 hour class, between 1pm – 4pm
  • Opportunity to start Fall 2017 and last for 3 months
Interested? Complete the DFTA Volunteer Interest Form here.