Go Volunteer Language Projects

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North East Solidarity and Teaching (NEST)

NEST is one of our flagship projects delivering free English lessons to the refugee community in the region. Through the delivery of these lessons, refugees improve their written and verbal communication skills enabling them to gain necessary language qualifications required to gain employment in the UK. Boosting their confidence and ability integrate into the local community.

Volunteers teach English as a foreign language to predominantly Kurdish and Arabic native speakers.

Translation and Interpretation Scheme

Launched earlier this year, we are looking for volunteers to assist in translating and interpreting at schools in Gateshead.  Volunteers are required to provide interpretation support at parents’ evenings; homework club and support sessions where English is not the first language of the children, as well as translating materials including letters home and classroom materials.      

We are particularly looking for Polish, Punjabi, Czech, Kurdish, Romanian, Urdu and Arabic speakers but whatever language you speak please register it with Go Volunteer. 

Languages Into Schools (new for 2017)

This is an exciting new project for 2017 to be delivered in local schools.  We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to develop and deliver fun language based workshops in local primary schools to inspire young people to learn a new language.

This could involve reading a story in a non-English language and then doing some basic exercises around this –such as learning a song, how to count to 10, learning some key words.    

We are also looking to pilot a study based support group for students studying for their GCSEs in modern language subjects including French, German and Spanish. 


INTOgration is a student-led initiative aimed to help international students, at INTO, who want to improve their written and spoken English.

Informal sessions will be held weekly on Wednesdays at INTO and will oversee a curriculum of basic grammar, vocabulary and give students the chance to practice their conversation skills and confidence. 

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Further information about Go Volunteer is available at: https://www.nusu.co.uk/govolunteer/

To register your interest or for any questions related to these projects please contact Phil Hay, volunteer coordinator on volunteercoordinator.union@ncl.ac.uk



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