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!
We are looking for Language Cafe Volunteers
For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
The Cafe is held in Dine Central in Bramber House which:
Location is wheelchair accessible
Disabled toilets can only be accessed via a lift
There is no background music but noise levels are often high
General info about building: Bramber House info
Time commitment: flexible around you and your needs. For any absences required contact email@example.com
Assisting with setup: can be adjusted to needs.
You can book the coordinator in person here
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
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
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
Verbal and written communication
At the Students’ Union, we want to recognise the time and energy our volunteers give to improving life on campus and throughout their communities. We offer a wide range of internal volunteering such as clubs and Society Committee Members to Student Reps.
We recognise that when you graduate you want to stand out from the crowd, and that there is much more to University than a degree result. By introducing our new skills tracker, you can record your skills and capture the experience you are gaining outside of your studies through volunteering and be rewarded for that.
This Employability and Recognition Tracker allows you to reflect on the skills you have gained as a result of volunteering. This can help you when applying for jobs by demonstrating your experience and employability skills for life after graduation. It will also help you to identify the variety of transferable skills you are gaining as a volunteer and allow you to identify gaps in your experience.
Our Language Cafe is run by students for students and offers two different student staff roles:
Language Café Service Standards
Frequently asked questions for Language Cafe Volunteering