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ESL to Go is currently seeking volunteer ESL teachers. Our volunteers will work one-on-one or with a small group of students inside of their homes. We occasionally have opportunities for volunteers in other roles such as fundraising and advocacy. Please contact Leah at  leah@tfli.org for more information.

ESL to Go is seeking a Spring 2016 intern

Click on the following link for description and how to apply:

Our Volunteers
Meet Lindsey Fitzgerald

who has been volunteering with ESL to Go since January, 2015

Lindsey_FitzLindsey discovered her interest in ESL while tutoring non-native speakers in college. She went on to host international students for holidays, teach English classes to immigrants in the Richmond community, and serve as a board member of Virginia Friends of Mali. She received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to spend several weeks in West Africa researching EFL education. Lindsey earned her CELTA at BridgeTEFL in Denver and moved to Nashville in August 2014 where she looks forward to serving the Immigrant and Refugee population through ESL to Go.


Meet Rachel Barry Stinson

who has been volunteering with ESL to Go since July, 2012

Rachel was born and raised just outside of New York City where her family took in Vietnamese refugees throughout most of her childhood. After spending a few years working as a missionary in Cameroon, Central Africa, Rachel moved to Nashville in 2004 where she now lives with her family.  She and her husband have recently started a non-profit that provides humanitarian aid to Cameroon.  Rachel enjoys volunteering for ESL to Go because she has the opportunity to be part of helping the local refugee community rebuild their lives here in Middle Tennessee.



Meet Cindy May Murphy

Who volunteered with ESL to Go in 2013


Cindy first became interested in ESL after moving to Tennessee in 2007 and encountering the diverse immigrant communities in her South Nashville neighborhood. After receiving TESL certification from TFLI in 2010, Cindy began teaching English at Nashville State Community College and the Center for Refugees and Immigrants of Tennessee. Although she is currently a graduate student in applied linguistics in Atlanta, Cindy splits her time between Georgia and Tennessee and enjoys working with Nashville’s immigrant and refugee community as much as possible.


Meet Stanley Thangaraj

Who volunteered with ESL to Go in 2013


Stanley Thangaraj is an Assistant Professor of Socio-cultural Anthropology.  His research looks into how immigrant and refugee communities in the U.S.South express their identities within and outside of the black-white racial binary.  He is on Mayor Karl Dean’s “New American’s Advisory Council” and is a proud member of the Nashville International Center for Empowerment’s board. He is also a former high school and collegiate player and coach in both basketball and volleyball.  Stan taught ESL in China is 2003 and has also taught GED classes in Nashville.  He is the author of the forthcoming book from New York University Press titled Brown Out, Man Up! Basketball, Leisure, and Making Desi Masculinity.