Virtual: IRIS (Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services) - ONGOING

Sponsoring Yale Group: 
Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Multiple days and times available.
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All applicants must be 17 years or older and able to commit to the minimum of months specified for each program. Positions are filled on a rolling basis. Please note that all positions are unpaid, and occur primarily Monday through Friday in the morning, afternoon, or evening.


Please indicate “Yale Day of Service” on registration form.

Online Tutor for Immigrant Youth

  • Days/times preferred​: Flexible, through Monday to Friday, 9 am-7 pm preferred. You’ll make a schedule with your mentee.
  • Hours per week needed:​​ 1-4
  • Commitment:​ Now to end of June 2020
  • ​Requirements:​ Previous experience communicating with (and preferably tutoring or mentoring)people with limited English; willingness to troubleshoot communicating with youth over WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Facetime, Google Hangouts, or Zoom; Comfort assisting with assignments in any(not all) of the following subjects: English, Spanish, High School math and sciences, basic college courses such as English Composition, Psychology, etc.
  • Number of volunteers desired:​ Unlimited
  • Duties:​ Assist a high school or community college student with homework through video chat! Adapt assignments to their English level as needed, with help from IRIS education staff.

Online or telephone English practice with Adults

  • Hours per week needed:​ One 5 to 10-minute call or video call per day, 5 times a week
  • Days/times preferred: ​​Flexible, through Monday to Friday, 9 am-7 pm preferred. You’ll make your own schedule.
  • Commitment:​​ Now to end of June 2020
  • Requirements:​​Passionate about learning and teaching. Ability to speak clearly in an easy to understand manner. Ability to work effectively with people from other cultural backgrounds. Previous experience communicating with (and preferably tutoring or mentoring) people with limited English preferred but not required.
  • ​Number of volunteers desired: 10
  • ​Duties: Provide English language practice to beginner ESOL students through video chat or telephone.

Donations to Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS)

IRIS needs the following items for our clients:  bars of soap, rolls of paper towels, toilet paper.  All are to be new, in original packaging.  Any size or amount are welcome.  Contact Ann O’Brien, Director of Community Engagement ( to arrange for drop-off instructions.  Please do not leave items at IRIS without first contacting Ann O’Brien.  We are all working remotely.  So, donations left without prior coordination may not make it to our clients.  

IRIS is currently trying to put a bar of soap in every one of the food pantry bags distributed each week, to help clients stay healthy, and the paper products every other week, based upon availability/donations.

Site Coordinator: 

Jasmina Besirevic ‘04 PhD 

To get more information, please contact Ann O’Brien, Director of Community Engagement.