Would you like to help people making the North East their new home develop their English speaking?

We’re looking for volunteers to support our brilliant Action Language project which helps asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants access free English classes in Newcastle and Sunderland. This academic year around 400 students have already enrolled.

If you are CELTA-qualified, you can volunteer as a classroom teacher. However, you don’t need a teaching qualification to volunteer as one of our teacher assistants.

At present we’re particularly looking for people who would be happy to host or support our online classes (on Zoom) as a teacher assistant – we currently deliver seven classes online on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.  If you are supporting online, you don’t need to be based in the area to support.

We are also looking for teacher assistants to support in our Sunderland classes on Wednesdays.

Libby Selman, who has been teaching with Action Foundation since 2008, says:

“Teaching is sociable and constructive: crossing the town so often involves warm bursts of greetings when we bump into current and former students.

“I’m a beneficiary of Action Foundation as much as any migrant is. All volunteers are.”

All volunteers go through the safer recruitment process and are supported in their role. We will be holding interviews from February onwards, focusing on the two most needed teacher assistant roles first.

If you’d like to know more or to request an application form, email [email protected]

Step inside a beginner’s Action Language class