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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 Story of 'T'


"T" has a qualification in computer sciences and was forced to teach the dictator's army in his homeland of Eritrea.

He was jailed for holding a bible class in his house.

Seeing one of his friends beaten to death in jail convinced him to escape. Luckily, as he ran none of the bullets fired at him hit him. He and a friend crossed the desert to Libya in separate old jeeps. His friend didn't survive as the jeep he was in broke down in the middle of the desert and all occupants perished.

He then crossed the Mediterranean in an overloaded craft [ 850 passengers instead of max. 400 ] and was only saved from drowning when two Italian patrol ships, one to each side, steadied the badly listing craft and took it into port. He had one further escape from death prior to his arrival in England.

We mentored him and encouraged him through his asylum process. Whilst waiting for a decision he volunteered for us as a Tigrinya translator.

He was granted 'leave to remain' and with our references obtained two different University places. He has recently left us to take up a place at a London University.

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