“It’s not just about teaching language, but connecting to another human being“. Nicky, volunteer teacher.
We’re looking for qualified ESOL teachers, who would like to join our team of volunteer teachers for our first semester of 2020!
Who we work with
This year we’ve delivered online classes to students in Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Papua New Guinea, Ghana, and the UK, among others. Our partner organisations include Gaza Sky Geeks who works with Palestinians in Gaza & the West Bank teaching them to code and work online. We help with their English language skills so that they can pitch, interview, and work online in English.
We also work with sponsored refugees who are either living in refugee centres or surviving in third countries while waiting to be resettled in Canada. In addition we support resettled refugees in the UK who face barriers to access conventional ESOL courses due to a lack or shortage of provision. Our online classes enable them to better integrate in their new country and take full advantage of employment and educational opportunities available to them.
Support and training
All of our volunteer teachers complete a bespoke online training course. It covers the technical requirements as well as class content and provides guidance on working with people who have experienced trauma.
There is no set curriculum because we work to support the individual needs of the student. Some learners might be studying for IELTS, whilst others could be beginners or needing to improve their general English level.
“I really liked her classes, she understood me and I became more confident to speak English.” Mohammed, Student
Students also benefit from other online activities such as online tasks and chat groups between their weekly classes.
There are many benefits to becoming a volunteer:
- You’ll join an online community of passionate professionals
- benefit from ongoing CPD opportunities
- gain valuable online teaching experience
- receive a certificate of contribution at the end of a successful term.
Many of our teachers also tell us that they learnt what it really means to be a refugee. It’s also a rewarding and fulfilling experience to play a part in someone’s hope and to contribute to their success.
It takes a couple of hours a week, and you can do it from home. We can only do what we do because of teachers who freely give their time and skills, and for all those who do, we are full of gratitude.
You’ll find the volunteer application form here: