Voices in Exile - ESOL and English language support volunteer

Voices in Exile

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Voices in Exile works with adult refugees, asylum seekers and migrants with no recourse to public funds in Sussex. We offer both practical and legal support to those who would otherwise be unable to access justice. We work with both individuals and families, including refugee families resettled in the UK from Syria and Afghanistan.

Purpose of the role

Some of our clients have little or no English. This can be a barrier to communicating need or accessing employment. They may have to wait until they are able to join an ESOL class or need extra support with their class work. The purpose of this role is to support clients to learn and develop their English language skills.

What’s involved
We are looking for volunteers who are able to
• plan and teach level appropriate English lessons that will help to improve written and spoken English skills;
• keep brief records and updating the caseworker after each meeting; reporting safeguarding issues.


We are looking for people who are:

  •  Experienced teaching English as a second or foreign language
  •  Friendly and empathic
  •  Non-judgmental
  •  Reliable and trustworthy
  •  Able to maintain strong boundaries
  •  Easy to talk to and a good listener
  •  Good IT skills, including word processing, email and internet and video platforms
  •  Respectful of confidentiality.

To volunteer with Voices in Exile you should have an interest in migration issues and a commitment to basic human rights.

We particularly welcome applications from people from refugee and migrant backgrounds and people who speak a community language in addition to English, as well as people who are native to the UK. We would particularly welcome applications from speakers of Arabic, Farsi, Pashto, Dari and Ukrainian.


Benefits - Your role will provide you with opportunities to:
• connect with people from different countries and cultures
• experience the working environment and gain an understanding of different careers in the migrant sector
• share your knowledge and skills, making a difference to someone’s life.

Practical Considerations

This role requires a commitment to:

• initial induction and training
• 1-2 hours per week
• volunteer for a minimum of 6 months.

The venue may vary according to client need and accessibility requirements

When do I need to be available?

Details All volunteering will take place during office hours. The day and time you can volunteer will depend on your availability and client's availability.
Morning Afternoon Evening

Where does this role take place?

Brighton and Hove

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  • Details
  • Disabled Access
    Venue may vary depending on accessibility needs
  • Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
  • Expenses
    Local bus fares
  • Health and Safety
  • Induction
  • Insurance Cover for Volunteers
  • Other
    Enhanced DBS required
  • Suitable for 13 - 16 years
  • Suitable for 16 - 18 years
  • Suitable for a group of volunteers
  • Suitable only for (e.g. 18+, LGBT, BAME, Women only)
    All welcome
  • Support on Offer
    Support - You will: • receive a full induction into Voices in Exile and your role • have a named staff member at Voices in Exile for 1-2-1 support and supervision • you will receive links to resources for teaching English • have regular volunteer support group sessions where you can meet other volunteers for peer support and learning • be reimbursed for reasonable travel and other agreed out of pocket expenses
  • This role is adaptable for different abilities
  • Training
    As part of your induction you will we will offer training on boundaries, confidentiality and safeguarding