LESLLA is the international network for Literacy Education and Second Language Learning for Adults. Since its inception in 2005, it has widely supported adults with little or no home language schooling or literacy, to learn to read and write for the first time in a new language. Every year, the network organises an international symposium which offers a strong starting point for the research agenda as well as a host of resources and strategies for LESLLA practitioners. Due to COVID-19, in 2020 the network chose to organise a virtual gathering, from the 5th-7th August. The gathering focused on distance learning and the incorporation of volunteers into online teaching environments.