Summer Volunteers

We are now accepting summer volunteer applications! Summer programs will take place in Garland, TX, beginning June 9, 2019. Refugee children in grades K-8 come for 8 weeks of reading, math, and Bible programs. Summer volunteers commit to helping in classrooms for one week. This consists of a mandatory Sunday evening orientation, and either morning or afternoon programs Monday-Thursday. Volunteers are welcome to join for more than one week. 

Children: We offer limited classroom space for volunteers’ children birth-8th grade. Students who have completed 9th grade or higher may volunteer. 

Note: Please sign up for a volunteer week ONLY if you are committing to attend Sunday orientation and Monday-Thursday programs. We are unable to take volunteers for partial weeks.

If you are a certified lifeguard or swim instructor and would like to teach swimming lessons to refugee children this summer, email Lauren Kirkpatrick

Weekly Volunteers

Volunteers are crucial to our ministry at For the Nations. For many of our daytime programs, we offer free on-site childcare and preschool for the children of our volunteers. Weekly volunteers commit to a 2-hour time slot on the same day each week. We have four different volunteer opportunities in the Garland area:
Fall/Spring Calendar
Childcare and PreK are offered during all adult ESL classes.
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Morning ESL/PreK 9-11am 9-11am 9-11am 9-11am
Afternoon ESL/PreK 12:05-2:05pm 12:05-2:05pm 12:05-2:05pm 12:05-2:05pm
Kids Club 4:15-6pm 4:15-6pm 4:15-6pm 4:15-6pm


Fall/Spring Calendar

Childcare and PreK are offered during all adult ESL classes

Morning ESL/PreK
M-Th, 9-11am

Afternoon ESL/PreK
T-F, 12:05pm-2:05pm

Tuesdays, 11am-12pm

Kids Club
M-Th, 4:15-6pm

Preschool Aide  URGENT NEED (in AM)!

In preschool, our 3 and 4-year-olds learn fine and gross motor skills, social skills, pre-reading and math skills, and of course, the gospel of Christ! Preschool classes are taught by a full-time teacher and utilize teachers’ aides each morning and afternoon. Childcare or preschool for ages 0-5 is provided.

Childcare Volunteer  

In childcare, volunteers will assist our staff workers in interacting with kids two years old and under.

Adult English Class Aide

We offer various levels of adult ESL classes as well as a GED preparation class to help refugees pass the GED test and get their high school equivalent. Our classes are taught by experienced teachers and utilize volunteers as teachers’ aides in each level, both mornings and afternoons. Childcare or preschool for ages 0-5 is provided.

Kids Club Tutor  URGENT NEED!   

We offer tutoring programs for elementary-aged refugee children, where we help with their homework and present the gospel story of redemption at every club meeting. Join us as a tutor to help with homework; we can use as many volunteers as possible each day! Children from K-8th may participate; high school children may help tutor. No childcare for ages 0-5.

To apply as a volunteer, please fill out our online application below.

If you have any questions, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Lauren Kirkpatrick.

Welcome Teams

Welcome Teams are groups of 10-15 volunteers from a single church that are assigned to a new refugee family. The welcome team greets the family at the airport upon arrival, sets up their new apartment, and helps them through their first month in the U.S. Teams are sometimes able to form a relationship with the new family that extends beyond an initial four- week commitment. If you are interested in applying to welcome a new family, click below.