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!
The purpose of the role
Main tasks & responsibilities
Reasonable Adjustments/Access info
Support & Training
How to apply
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 Room 76 which is at the back of Falmer Bar in Falmer House:
Location is wheelchair accessible
Disabled toilets can only be accessed via a lift
Lighting is adjustable
There is no background music but noise levels are often high
General info about building: https://www.disabledgo.com/access-guide/university-of-sussex/falmer-house
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 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
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
Language Café Service Standards
We are looking for English, French, Polish, Arabic, Russian, Swedish, Romanian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Irish, and Korean speakers to become Language Cafe Volunteers: Apply here
For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org