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Serve as a New Member Welcome Program Membership Guide

Are you passionate about TESOL International Association (TESOL) and interested in helping new members find their professional home within TESOL? TESOL's New Member Welcome Program is accepting applications for Membership Guides. Aspiring Guides from around the world are invited to apply.  


 Criteria for becoming a Membership Guide include:       
  • A member of TESOL International Association for at least 3 years.
  • Attendance at a minimum of one TESOL Convention, virtually or in-person.
  • Involvement in an Interest Section, Professional Learning Network, Professional Council, Task Force, Committee, or other activities within the Association.
  • Broad knowledge of TESOL and its activities.
  • Capacity to work with others, often in different time zones and locations around the globe


We are currently seeking guides to serve for January - December 2023. Guides are assigned up to three new members in every 3-month cycle:


Expectations and Responsibilities of a Membership Guides:   
  • Guides should be familiar with the New Member Program Membership Guides Handbook and with TESOL in general.
  • A guide is responsible for contacting their assigned new members 3-4 times during the 3-month cycle. Communication can occur more frequently if it is the desire of the guide and the new member. Communication can take place via email, messaging apps, telephone, video conferencing, or other means convenient to both parties. 
  • The guide should learn the new members' teaching context and their professional interests. In this way, the guide can inform the new members about Interest Sections and Professional Learning Networks that align with their needs. The guide can also let the new members know about upcoming events (such as webinars) and opportunities to volunteer with the Association.
  • Guides will be asked to respond to requests for feedback on their new membership guide experience. 

How to Apply