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Language Café Volunteers

The Language Café was set up in 2013 by the Students' Union to facilitate informal peer-to-peer language exchange for students by giving them the opportunity to learn or practise a language in a sociable setting.

Language Café volunteers assist with the running and facilitation of the Language Café and will gain experience of running events and facilitating language learning. As with all Students’ Union volunteering opportunities, there is lots of scope for your input, ideas and creativity!


How to apply

We are looking for Language Cafe Volunteers

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For more information please email languagecafe@sussexstudent.com



The purpose of the role

Main tasks & responsibilities

Reasonable Adjustments/Access info

Personal Attributes


Support & Training 

Skills Gained

How to apply

The purpose of the role

A Language Café Volunteer is a student at the University of Sussex who assists with the running and facilitation of the Language Café. The Language Cafe Volunteers report to the Student Participation staff within the Students’ Union.

Main tasks & responsibilities

  • Assisting students’ language learning through activities at a specific language table

  • To assist the Language Café Leaders with any other tasks necessary to ensure the smooth running of the session as required.

  • Assisting with setting up and dismantling of the Languagé Cafe to include: setting up tables, decorating the room and distributing resources

Reasonable Adjustments/Access info

  • The Cafe is held in Dine Central in Bramber House which:

  • Time commitment: flexible around you and your needs. For any absences required contact languagecafe@sussexstudent.com

  • Assisting with setup: can be adjusted to needs.

  • You can book the coordinator in person via: https://buddyscheme.youcanbook.me/

  • Assistance with filling out the application form is available. Contact via email above or use booking link above

  • Feel free to contact the Language Cafe if you need any further adjustments or assistance


You would suit this role if you:

  • have a knowledge of at least one other language

  • are interested in language learning and helping other students to develop their language skills

  • want to develop your communication and interpersonal skills

  • would like experience that would contribute to your CV

  • want to find out more about the Students’ Union and how it runs


  • 2 hours per week for at least 5 weeks, 10 hours in total

  • We hold 10 language cafes a term in Week 2 to Week 11 on Tuesdays between 5.30pm to 7.30 pm

  • You can choose which 5 of these you wish to volunteer at, but you are welcome to volunteer at all of them

Support and training

  • One initial training session specific to the role

  • The opportunity to attend specialised skills and knowledge training sessions conducted by Students’ Union staff

  • Ongoing support from Students’ Union staff

Transferable skills gained


  • Teamwork

  • Verbal and written communication

  • Time management

  • Leadership

  • Creativity

  • Initiative

  • Active listening

  • Cultural awareness

Language Café Service Standards