A growing number of people in Sheffield would like to improve their spoken English.

We need to recruit new volunteers to help our most isolated students to learn.

  • What's involved?
  • How we support you
  • In return...
  • What we need...
  • What's next?

What’s involved?

  • We train you in teaching English as a second language (ESOL) providing a super fast and effective course especially geared to your needs.  Based in the centre of Sheffield it involves three hours a week for 8 weeks. The training is very practical with hands-on teaching practice
  • When you are trained we ask you to commit one hour a week to teach 1 learner (more if you want) for a minimum of 6 months.
  • We will carry out a DBS (criminal record) check for you

How we support you:

  • We match you to a learner who we have already visited and assessed.
  • By providing resources and helping you to plan lessons
  • We have a review with you every two months to make sure all is going well
  • Our team are at the end of the phone during office hours to answer your questions
  • We provide ongoing training to support your development

What our volunteers get in return:

  • An experience of teaching ESOL with the support of our team
  • An opportunity to learn about other cultures
  • The chance to see your volunteering make a real difference
  • The satisfaction of helping to make Sheffield a welcoming place to live

What we need from you:

  • Good spoken and written English
  • An ability to work with  people in a supportive way
  • A desire to meet people from different cultures and backgrounds
  • An hour a week of your time, plus preparation and travel time.
  • Be part of a lively, diverse and supportive team.

What’s next?

  • Apply online now: click this link
  • Down load a printable copy of the application form or contact us to send you a hard copy.
  • Come along to an information evening (held 3 times a year). The next one will be 4  – 7.30 pm, Wednesday 10th July 2019 and will be hosted at The Circle, Rockingham lane (off Division Street)

SAVTE will TRAIN you, MATCH you with a learner and SUPPORT you to TEACH English

How to apply

Please fill out the online Volunteer Enrolment Form, using the link below



Patron:  The Rt Hon. the Lord Blunkett
Registered Charity No. 1081597 – Company No. 3865216