Assistant ESOL Teacher for Children & Young People

Join IRMO as Assistant ESOL Teacher to support recently arrived Children & Young People in the UK. If you have a passion for ESOL, speak English and Spanish/Portuguese and can spare a few hours in the afternoon, get in touch!

What You'll Do: 

We are looking for an enthusiastic and creative Volunteer Assistant ESOL Teacher who is fluent in English and Spanish or Portuguese and who has some experience in working with children and young people. The role aims to support IRMO’s weekly ESOL classes for Spanish/Portuguese speaking children and young people who have recently migrated to the UK. The post-holder will assist the ESOL Teacher with the delivery of creative and interactive ESOL classes for up to 8-10 children:

  • aged 5-7 years old OR 8-12 years old on Monday or Wednesday afternoons
  • a beginners ESOL class for 13-19 year olds on Tuesday afternoons

Classes take place at our centre in Brixton and have fixed hours so it’s essential that the volunteer is free on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons between 16:00-19:00. 

Some children/young people on the project are still waiting to start school in the UK and coming to IRMO is often the only time in the week they have fun and learn with peers their age. 

The overall aims of IRMO’s ESOL program are to equip children with the English Language skills they need to: thrive and integrate more easily into their new schools; reach their full potential; make new friends; feel part of the wider English-speaking community; and rebuild their lives in the UK.

The ideal Volunteer Assistant ESOL Teacher is a fluent Spanish or Portuguese & English speaker, with a passion for ESOL and who has an idea of the challenges faced by migrant, refugee & asylum seeking children and young people in the UK. 



  • Support the planning of creative and interactive ESOL classes in a safe and inclusive learning environment.
  • Carry out regular evaluation to monitor children’s progress.
  • Be observant of safeguarding issues and report any concerns to your supervisor.
  • Suggest and plan activities that meet the children’s varying needs.
  • Ensure children leave with their parents/carers unless they are authorised to leave alone or with someone other than their parents/carers.
  • Create a safe working relationship with children.
Why You'll Love It: 
  • You can support Latin American children and young people in London to overcome challenges and you can give back to the community.
  • You can take part in community events and celebrations organised for and by the Latin American community.
  • You will receive invites to our regular trips to London's most exciting cultural venues and theatres for free. 
What You'll Learn: 
  • You can learn new skills in a dynamic and multicultural environment such as languages, ESOL teaching, community interpreting, communication, facilitation, IT and monitoring & evaluation.
  • You will receive a reference after completing a minimum 3-month volunteering period.
  • You have the opportunity to attend in-house and external training sessions.
  • You will receive regular supervision and coaching on skills development.
What We're Looking For: 
  • Fluency in English (essential), working proficiency in Spanish/Portuguese (desirable).
  • Awareness of the issues facing migrants, especially children and young people, in the UK.
  • Some experience working with children in school or in an out-of-school setting.
  • Some knowledge of safeguarding and child protection in the UK.
  • Non-judgemental, empathetic and committed to IRMO’s mission and values.
Young People
16 Weeks Minimum
3 Hours / Week
Skills you will develop: 
Time Management
Digital Literacy
Skills you should possess: 
English language support
Languages you should know: 
Relevant interests: 
Charity / Nonprofit
CV / Resume
DBS check
Over 18 years old

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