Sign up and start teaching!
If you are interested in teaching refugees online on a flexible basis, you've come to the right place! Teachers either teach English / English conversation to adults or support schoolchildren who need some extra help in a range of subjects.
To get started, fill out the sign-up form below and I will put you in touch with a student. You are then free to arrange the classes at a time that suits you both. We recommend aiming for one hour of teaching a week, although the time of the classes can vary between weeks.
All lessons take place online. We recommend using Zoom to conduct lessons. It's like Skype with some useful extra features like an interactive whiteboard and file transfers. It's free to set up an account and use. You can learn more on their website and with the how-to video at the bottom of this page.
We will be in touch regularly to see how the classes are going, check if there are any issues and see if we can help in any way.
Here are some teachers' experiences of volunteering with RefuNet:
"I’ve been volunteering at RefuNet for close to a year now and I have learnt so much from my students. I am inspired by their enthusiasm, strength and resilience. My students are like my friends and I try to make our English lessons informal and fun. A student of mine and I are currently working towards her successful completion of the IELTS examination so that she can get a university scholarship. She has faced several obstacles in life but is determined to ensure that these don't stop her from achieving her goals. RefuNet is also a great platform for cultural exchange because my students and I share pictures of food that we eat, festivals celebrated or interesting things about our cities. RefuNet is helping the world erase borders and build bridges."
"I decided to start volunteering with RefuNet because I knew I had a bit of knowledge, a little bit of spare time, and it made so much sense to help someone help themselves. At first I didn’t know what to expect and wasn’t sure if I had the right skills to do a good job of it. We’re now six months in to our weekly Physics sessions and it’s the most rewarding part of my week knowing someone is able to do better for themselves in part because of me. To anyone considering joining but is maybe a little apprehensive, my advice is to just go for it. I find the system very flexible, you see tutees progress in real time, and teaching is also great for my actual day job in science, as I get loads of practice communicating seemingly complex ideas simply to non-experts."
And here are Noora's experiences of having lessons with RefuNet:
"When I first started studying in English, I had a depression that I had never had before as I struggled with understanding because my English level was a barrier. Having the luck to meet RefuNet and then the amazing tutors who helped me all through the way, I could make it again and I could see my excellent grades again. I could never be more grateful to Bethany and all of the tutors who helped me a lot and were explaining and teaching not only content but also English grammars and vocabularies. RefuNet and all its components have inspired me to work harder as well as helping others free of charge."
Frequently asked questions
How much of a time commitment is it?
We ask for you to commit to one hour of lessons a week, plus lesson planning. If you are able to offer more to your student that is great! The idea is for it to be very flexible, so you can arrange a time that suits both you and your student. However, it's important to be able to commit to giving a lesson on a regular basis. You should be available for lessons for at least three months.
I don't have any teaching experience - can I still teach?
Don't underestimate yourself - you do not need a maths degree to teach primary school maths and with a bit of patience and thought anyone can teach English. Many students just want conversation practice, so just being able to talk in English and correct someone when they make mistakes is enough.
Do you have any advice for teaching?
Yes, take a look at our teaching resources.
Do I need a DBS check?
A DBS check is optional if you are teaching adults but will be required if you want to teach children - this is something that can be arranged once you are matched with a student. The process is very easy and costs £10.40. You can view our policy on employing ex-offenders here.
How old do I need to be to teach?
Teachers must be aged 16 or above.
Please get in touch with any other questions!
How to use Zoom:
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