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English Teachers - the Destitution Project is looking for experienced English teachers who would like to volunteer to teach beginner or intermediate/advanced classes for our service users. Classes are up to 2 hours long and take place on Wednesdays at various times and we currently have 2 levels for women and 2 levels for men. Each volunteer teacher would work with one class, and likely be part of a small team of teachers (some of whom are not trained in teaching English). We also try to provide one-to-one instruction throughout the day for those service users with very little English knowledge.

Reception Volunteers - the Destitution Project is in need of volunteers to man our reception desks each Wednesday. This would require you to be present between 9.45am and 3.00pm. You will need to have good interpersonal and organisational skills, and like to meet and greet people but also comfortable ensuring that access to the Drop-In Centre and its services are well managed. You will likely work as part of a two-person team. Previous experience in this sort of task would be ideal, but not essential.
You must be 18 and over to apply.

The Difference Between A Migrant And A Refugee

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A migrant is: "A person who travels to another country or place, often in search of work." (Cambridge University Dictionary)

An Asylum Seeker is: Anyone in the world who has "a well founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion" (1951 UN Convention on Refugees).

This would include Civil war: Syria, Sudan, Afghanistan; Religious persecution: Christians in Iran, Iraq, Ahmadi Muslims and Bahai's in Pakistan Sexuality: people who identify as LGBT in Uganda, Kenya, Pakistan, India. Ethnic Tamils in Sri Lanka.

The UK asylum system offers this protection but is strictly controlled and complex. The burden is on the asylum seeker to prove that their claim is genuine.

A refugee is: A person who has applied for asylum and who has had that claim accepted. Such persons will be granted "leave to remain", usually for a five year period, after which if the reasons that led them to claim asylum persist, they can apply for "indefinite leave to remain: and eventually they can apply for citizenship eg. Mo Farah.

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