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Cultural Outreach and Enrichment Program

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The Cultural Outreach and Enrichment (COE) Program invites people of all ages to discover the ethnic and cultural richness of the community. We provide meaningful leisure experiences for people to connect in an open and welcoming environment

English as A Second Language Classes

ESL class participants in the classroom

These entry-level introductory classes are for adults (18 years and older) whose primary language is not English. Classes are designed to help those interested in learning basic life skills for communicating in English. Students acquire basic English skills along with insights into American culture.

Volunteer Opportunities

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ESL Instructors 

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Our ESL classes would not be possible without the support and dedication of our volunteer instructors. The Program is always looking for enthusiastic individuals with passion, interest, and teaching experience. ESL certification and/or previous experience teaching ESL are ideal but not required.

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Cultural Programs

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The Cultural Outreach and Enrichment (COE) Program offers a variety of educational and cultural opportunities to residents of Raleigh and the surrounding communities.

These include:

  • Cultural Pop-Ups: These immersive experiences highlight different countries/cultures through music, dance, art and crafts, and food. 

Are you a performer, artist, or musician who specializes in a particular culture? Are you part of a cultural organization? We’d love to work with you. Email us!

How to Register for Classes and Programs

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Register for classes at least two weeks in advance.


  1. Visit the community center where the class will be held and fill out the registration form.
  2. Visit any staffed City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources facility and fill out the registration form.

Find the closest center to you.

Registration Form in English
Formulario de inscripción

Online via RecLink

  • Sign up for a RecLink account (first time user) or log-in (repeat user)
  • Search for your class and register

Register for Classes on RecLink


I only want to volunteer one time. Do I still need to fill out the volunteer application?

We are currently looking for ongoing volunteers to teach ESL. If you’re interested in one-time opportunities, please visit the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Volunteer Program page.

Do you have ESL classes for children?

We do not offer ESL classes for children. English language proficiency is not a requirement to participate in our overall Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources programming. We encourage you to look at the resources and programs for youth (ages 6-11) and teens (ages 12-18). You can also find more information about age-specific program opportunities in the Leisure Ledger.



Email for Classes and general inquiries

Email for Volunteering questions

Phone: 919-996-6844

Frank E. Evans Administration Building
2401 Wade Ave
Raleigh, NC 27607

Lead Department:
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Service Categories:
Parks Programs