Adult Literacy Volunteers

Right now, about 12 million Canadian adults have trouble reading and writing. By becoming a volunteer tutor, you can help people in your community improve their basic literacy skills.

What you'll be doing

Once a week, you'll meet with an adult learner for 2-3 hours to help them build confidence and skill in reading or math—maybe even prepare for an educational milestone, like the GED. You'll be working with adults (19 years or older) who have been out of school for at least a year. We'll help you tailor your sessions for people with a range of skills from learning sound-letter relationships for the first time, to adults reading at a junior high school level.

Learn more about our Adult Literacy program.

About you

  • No experience is necessary. We provide training and support for all our volunteers!
  • Grade 12 education or more is required.
  • You're able to commit to a scheduled 2-3 hour weekly time commitment for at least 3 months.

Training for Adult Literacy Volunteers

Our Adult Literacy Program is offered in partnership with the Halifax Community Learning Network (HCLN)opens a new window which provides training for tutors, throughout the year. Our program coordinator will work with you to decide whether or not you should complete basic training workshops before you start tutoring. And, there are plenty of workshops and training sessions, even for the more experienced tutor—ask our program coordinator to keep you informed about upcoming opportunities.


We're looking for Adult Literacy Volunteers at the following locations:

Become an Adult Literacy Volunteer

To get started, submit a completed Adult Literacy Volunteer application formopens a new window in person or by mail, fax, or email to:

Sandy Crocker
Adult Literacy & ESL Coordinator
60 Alderney Gate Dr.
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 4P8
Phone: (902) 490-6378
Fax: (902) 490-5762