Become a Volunteer Tutor


Who can become a tutor?

Any adult (18 years or older) with a high school diploma or GED certificate, a valid Hillsborough County Public Library card, and transportation can become a tutor. 

What do tutors do?

Adult Basic Education (ABE) tutors work with adults who would like to learn to read.  Tutors work with students in one-on-one sessions. 

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) tutors work with students who would like to learn to speak and read English.  Tutors are matched with one student or a small group.  ESOL tutors do not need to speak their student’s native language.

ESOL and ABE tutors meet with their students at least once a week for an hour. We ask our volunteer tutors to make a 48 instruction hour commitment to the program.

One of our tutors made a video with her student:

How do I become a tutor?

Volunteer tutors are required to attend a new tutor orientation and training session. There is a registration fee of $20.00 ($15 for those 65 years and older, $10 for Hillsborough County employees) for this training which covers all training materials and tutoring resources. You may pay this fee on our website using PayPal, or you may mail a check or money order, made payable to Hillsborough Literacy Council.

If you would like to attend one of our training sessions, please fill out the Registration Form and return it to:

Registration and payment must be received at least one week prior to the training date selected.

Registration Fee