“Having volunteered in many contexts, I can say that Glasgow ESOL Forum (GESOLF) is the most supportive body I have ever volunteered for, no doubt because they put such care and thought into developing principles and procedures for working with their volunteer teachers.
The most important source of help for me is the supervisor who works with me for each course to talk through the needs of the class, the kind of materials which might be appropriate and, as the course goes on, to discuss any concerns.
Before my first volunteer teaching assignment, I took part in a valuable group induction session. I was pleasantly surprised when we were advised not to try to be social workers, housing officers, mental health nurses, etc. We were advised to pass on any issues like this to our supervisors to allow us to concentrate on being teachers.
GESOLF regularly runs excellent free training sessions for its teachers. These are practical and relevant and I always go away with interesting thoughts and ideas. I personally appreciate the care taken to structure these sessions and make good use of time.
There is a physical library of materials at the offices in Georges St Studios, and there are also online resources available to teachers. If I have trouble finding something, the supervisors are happy to help. It is also helpful that ESOL Staff pass on information about local ESOL job vacancies and will provide references for teachers who have successfully volunteered for them.
~ Eileen, Volunteer Tutor