Volunteer program

The benefits of volunteering at the Alliance Française:

Volunteering at the Alliance Française is a great way to meet and interact with other Francophone and Francophile community members. Over the past year, volunteers provided over 1,000 hours of support to the Alliance.

During the course of the year, volunteers assist in the library, support cultural events and back our Summer Camp team.

Volunteer Opportunities for Points

Points are the method that you will use to earn complimentary classes. All volunteer shifts are counted by the hour (1 hour = 1 point).

There are currently over 100 volunteers supporting the mission of the Alliance Française. Your interest in the program is sincerely appreciated. With this number of volunteers, points toward free classes generally take a year or more to accumulate.

Number of points needed to take a complimentary class

  • 1 language course ($395–$400 value) = 40 points
  • 1 year membership ($120 value) = 20 points

To register for your class, please complete a registration form at the front desk of the Alliance Française.

Please note that for budget and revenue reasons, there must be a minimum number of 5 paying students registered in a class before volunteers using points may take the class.

Please address any questions to Emily Bottkol at [email protected]. Merci !

How do I keep track of my points?

It's easy! Simply obtain a volunteer sign-in sheet from the front reception. Completed sheets are filed in the Volunteer Sign-In Book.


Membership (dual, family, individual, senior or junior) is a requirement for being a volunteer at the Alliance Française. This policy is in line with other non-profits in the city, including The Art Institute of Chicago, The Field Museum and The Chicago History Museum. Your membership will be valid for one year.

To become a member, you can either register online on the membership page or in person at the Alliance Française de Chicago. While we recognize that there is a financial obligation associated with membership, we also recognize that by allowing only members to serve as volunteers, we are in a better position to reward you for that service. Merci.

Become a Member

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Current and new members interested in volunteering, can fill out this application form. If you have any questions, please reach out to Emily Bottkol at [email protected].

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Remarks from our Volunteers

If anyone is into making lists like "Smartest Thing I Have Done This Year" joining the Alliance Francaise would be at the very top of mine! I have never felt more welcomed or appreciated in any group. Plus, here is a chance not only to earn credits towards taking free classes but to meet others in this big, anonymous city with whom I share so many passions---for the French language and culture, the arts, food and France!

Events range from lectures, cinema screenings, wine tastings etc., so working in the hospitality industry makes me uniquely qualified to volunteer for these events. I enjoy the diverse programming at the Alliance so it doesn't take long at all to accrue points for a free class! Although not yet fluent in French, I do feel a sense of community and fellowship as a volunteer because everyone at AF is so welcoming and accessible.