Volunteering at ReadWest a few hours a week can change lives.
Teaching someone to read can be the most satisfying donation you will ever experience.

Becoming a Volunteer Tutor - Quick Info

The New Mexico Coalition for Literacy provides regional trainings by certified Tutor Trainers.
  • Tutor training is free; however, there is a $20.00 donation for your Tutor Manual.
  • It begins with a (1) hour orientation offered at two different times: 10:00 am and 6:00 pm.
  • Training takes place on Saturdays, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm with an hour lunch (on your own.)
  • The location is the ReadWest facility or in the Albuquerque area.
  • Sessions must be completed to obtain certification from the New Mexico Coalition for Literacy.
  • Two types of Tutor Training are offered:
    • Basic Literacy (BL) - teaching adults to read and write and/or prepare for the GED.
    • English as a Second Language (ESL) - teaching adults to speak English as their second language. No foreign language experience necessary.
Once trained, ReadWest will match you with an adult student to meet in a public place once a week for 2 hours. ReadWest supplies you with information about the student, arranges your first meeting and provides support to both tutor and student throughout the match.

For more information about volunteer training, please contact Cyndy Ratliff at (505) 892-1131 or email cyndy.ratliff@readwest.org.

Tutor Training Schedule 2018

BL Tutor Training 

Orientation Date: Thursday, March 22 at 10 AM OR 6 PM
Training: Saturday, March 24, 9 AM - 5 PM

Call ReadWest for more information


More dates for Tutor Training will be posted as they are approved.  If you don't see a training that matches your schedule, call us.

Why Become a ReadWest Tutor? Am I Really Qualified?

ReadWest tutors are part of an elite family of volunteers who are appreciated and valued by ReadWest staff and students. No teaching experience or foreign language knowledge is necessary.

Each ReadWest Tutor receives free training by attending a Tutor Certification Program provided by the New Mexico Coalition for Literacy. ReadWest staff provides free continuing education, a variety of tutoring materials and personal assistance.

At ReadWest, the most important donation we receive is your time. If you read well and have the patience to teach others, please consider setting aside some time to help others learn to read or teach someone how to speak English as their second language.

This kind of donation is different than most as you are giving your student the tools to improve their lives. So many students are willing to do the work in order to get ahead in life. Teaching someone to read can be the most satisfying donation you will ever experience.

Tutor Testimonials

"My student is always thanking me for giving up my free time. He tells me how much this has changed his life. He doesn't realize that it has changed mine as well. There is nothing more rewarding than witnessing a person's life begin to open up as they acquire literacy skills and then apply them in their daily lives. He can read to his daughter now."
- Lisa Marie Baremore, ReadWest BL/ESL Tutor since 2009.

"Being a volunteer tutor is a blessing and the rewards are the greatest! Her smile as she tries putting together a sentence in English is my reward!"
- Dee Bovenzi, ReadWest ESL Tutor since 2008.

"ReadWest students are highly motivated adult learners. This makes our sessions together both rewarding and fun. I also like the fact that we tutors discover new things about language and even cultures as we work with our students."
- Lara Aho, ReadWest BL/ESL tutor since 2010.

"Luda was so intelligent and eager to learn, it made working with her so easy and rewarding. However, tutoring is a learning experience for the tutor too. I had the privilege of enjoying some Ukrainian food and attending a celebration with her family. Today she is working in a school helping others."
- Robert Will, ReadWest BL/ESL Tutor since 2000.