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Cultural Outreach and Enrichment Program

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Discover, learn, and connect with others at Raleigh Parks' Cultural Outreach and Enrichment (COE) Program! We invite you to join us for programs and events that foster connections and explore the ethnic and cultural richness of our community. 

COE provides a range of valuable services. We offer free English classes both in-person across the City and online. We also work with community partners and other City of Raleigh departments to connect individuals to vital services to foster belonging and create a support network within the community.

COE includes Peach Road Cultural Center, a community gathering place in south Raleigh.

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Free English Language Programs

In-Person English Language Classes

Learn English and connect with other community members through Raleigh Parks’ English language program! We welcome all English levels and backgrounds.

Most classes are beginner to intermediate levels. Please contact us at if you have questions on the best class for you. 

Barwell Road Community Center (beginner/intermediate levels)
Mondays, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Green Road Community Center (beginner/intermediate levels)
Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8 p.m. 

Method Community Center  
Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. (beginner/intermediate levels)
Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8 p.m.  (intermediate/advanced)

Peach Road Cultural Center (beginner/intermediate levels)
*Peach Road English Classes are being held at Carolina Pines through May 24
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

New Locations
John Chavis Memorial Park (beginner/intermediate levels)
Tuesdays, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Starting March 12

Roberts Park (beginner/intermediate levels)
Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., Starting March 6

Five Points Center for Active Adults (beginner/intermediate levels)
Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., Starting March 7

To learn more about class dates and to participate, please register on RecLink. 

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In-person English Language Lounge

Join our in-person English Language Lounge and engage in conversations with other participants from around the world! Learn about American culture, try out new vocabulary, and explore fun themes in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.  All adults 18 years and older of all levels are welcome.

Carolina Pines Community Center
Wednesdays, 10:30 to 11:45 a.m.

To participate, please register on RecLink. 

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Virtual English Language Lounge

Practice and improve your English from home! Join these virtual English conversation sessions and connect with other English learners. All adults 18 years and older are welcome in these free and fun events. 

To join these sessions, you will need: 

  1. A smartphone, laptop, computer, or tablet
  2. Access to the internet and Zoom
  3. Email address

To participate, please register on RecLink.

Cultural Programs

World Refugee Day 2023

Children's Day 2022 at Peach Road

COE offers a variety of educational and cultural opportunities to residents of Raleigh and the surrounding communities. Programs include our annual Lunar New Year event, Children’s Day, and World Refugee Day. We offer ongoing programs and special events throughout the year.  

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 at! 

Volunteer with Us

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Our programs and English 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. Certification and/or previous experience teaching English are ideal but not required. 

I'm interested in becoming a volunteer! 



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

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