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Volunteer ESOL Tutors

To apply to become a volunteer ESOL tutor, please complete the Volunteer Tutor Application Form.

We hold two-part inductions for volunteer tutors.

Next Volunteer induction dates: 

2nd February and 9th February 2023 13:00-15:00 (in person)

Please note that attendance at both sessions is required to volunteer.. 

If you have any questions about the Volunteer Tutor Project please contact:

Fergus Andrew, Development Worker: fergus@glasgowesol.org 
Jo Jarvis, Manager: jo@glasgowesol.org 

With thanks to the hard work of our dedicated volunteers, the Glasgow ESOL Forum's Volunteer Tutor Project has been running successfully since 2004. Tutors volunteer their skills and time, city-wide to deliver quality ESOL classes and tuition.  The project aims to work with vulnerable learners who find it difficult to attend other courses. Our learners include parents, older learners, learners with health issues and newly arrived asylum seekers.  For people juggling family and work commitments, our friendly and local volunteer classes give them an opportunity to keep studying and practising in the small amount of time they have.

The Volunteer Tutor Project works in partnership with many community organisations, including Central and West Integration Network, Glasgow City Mission Child and Family Centre and AlbScott-Albanian Scottish Association.

Our volunteer tutors work independently to plan and deliver ESOL lessons based on their learners’ needs. Volunteers usually work with a group or an individual, but may occasionally assist in an established class.  We ask volunteers for a minimum commitment of 6 months.
Volunteers receive:
  • Photocopying and access to our resource library
  • Training
  • Volunteer support meetings
  • Ongoing support from the project
  • Travel Expenses
  • Reference
Volunteering essentials:
  • Cambridge English CELTA or Trinity College London CertTESOL qualification (minimum)
  • Or extensive experience in teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Preferable availability during weekdays (day-time)
Please note: online TEFL qualifications from www.tefl.org.uk do not meet our minimum requirements for volunteering, which includes a minimum 6 hours of observed teaching practice. 
We welcome non-native English teachers with qualifications and experience of working with adults and value the experience you bring of settling into life in Scotland.

We accept around 30 new volunteers each year and hold induction sessions regularly throughout the year. 
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