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Notre Dame Education Center

Nature and Purpose
The Notre Dame Education Center (NDEC) is a community based organization that offers adults a solid educational foundation accompanied by respect, compassion and quality. The diverse student population reflects Boston's neighborhoods and cultures - with over thirty countries represented yearly - but shares a desire to initiate or continue their educational goals.

A "Place of Hope" for over 15 years, NDEC is dedicated to helping adults move forward with their lives. We believe that educational achievement is a major factor in a person's ability to gain economic independence and to become a productive citizen. To this end, each year we provide opportunities for hundreds of adults to complete their secondary education, to learn English and computer skills, and prepare for the U.S. Citizenship process.

Our academic programs include English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Adult Basic Education, Pre-Diploma, GED, and the High School Diploma completion program for students who have dropped out of high school.  We also provide career counseling, job training and placement programs, employability skills training, individual tutoring and English conversation sessions, and college transition support. 

NDEC welcomes volunteers to play a role in our student's academic success.  A willingness to be involved in this process and a passion for education are required. 


  • Involvement in center events and activities
  • Tutoring a student in a subject area within his/her curriculum
  • Class teaching assistant

Time Requirements
NDEC is open Monday - Thursday from 8:00am to 8:00pm and Friday, 8:00am to 4:00pm.  PULSE students are strongly encouraged to commit for two semesters, 8 to 10 hours per week, preferably in two four-hour shifts.  The majority of tutoring usually takes place from 9:30 am-12:00 pm and 4 pm-6 pm.  There may be a chance for in-class assistance at other hours such as 5 pm- 8 pm.  The Center is easily accessible by the T, located a short walk from Andrew Station on the Red Line. 


PULSE students will be given orientation and mandatory training prior to beginning their service component. There will also be mandatory workshops during service.  All orientation, scheduling, and supervision will be provided by the Volunteer Coordinator.  Students will be in communication with the teacher(s) whom they assist in the classroom, and/or with those of the students whom they tutor, and also from their supervisor. 

200 Old Colony Avenue
South Boston, MA 02127