Volunteer ESOL Training

We at Train-to-TEFL recently completed delivery of a 40-hour ESOL training course to a number of enthusiastic volunteer English language teachers in the picturesque parish of Kirby Lonsdale in the Lake District.

One day a week for a period of six weeks we worked with the teachers at St Joseph’s Church Meeting Room as part of a government Community Sponsorship scheme organised locally through CARITAS and managed by Peter King.


The scheme has been in place since 2016 and shows great promise in helping refugee families overcome the trauma and upheaval of resettlement through a programme of social integration implemented and maintained with the support of community volunteers (see video) in the provision of accommodation and English language tuition.

The nine Kirby Lonsdale volunteers will work coactively to deliver English language tuition 8 hours a week for a year to a Syrian family who will seek to rebuild their lives in this corner of the lake district.

In response to a closing survey, the volunteer trainees expressed their satisfaction with the course describing it variously as “enjoyable”, “comprehensive” and “an effective entry point to acquire a much-needed skill set for teaching learners” to quote just some of the anonymous feedback we received.

We would like to thank the volunteers for their patience and perseverance with the training and we wish them and their charges every success in this community-led initiative.

If you, or anyone you know, is interested in setting up a similar initiative, more information on community sponsorship is available via the gov.uk website (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apply-for-full-community-sponsorship)