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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!

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The purpose of the role

Main tasks & responsibilities

This role would suit you if you...

Personal Attributes

Commitment

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

The purpose of the role:

  • To assist with with the smooth running of the Language Café
  • To facilitate language learning at a specific target language table
  • To help with the set up and decoration of the venue to create a welcoming atmosphere.

Main tasks & responsibilities

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

This role would suit you if you...

  • are interested in language learning and helping other students to develop their language skills
  • are interested in developing your communication and interpersonal skills
  • are enthusiastic about the purpose of the Language Café
  • are friendly, approachable and excellent at communicating
  • are looking for experience for your CV
  • are interested or curious about the role of the Students’ Union
  • have a knowledge of at least one other language
  • enjoy helping others and sharing your knowledge

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES...

  • Keen to improve the experience of students
  • Self-motivated and reliable
  • Respectful: Being friendly and respectful of others in order to maintain a safe and considerate environment
  • Supportive: Being honest, open and supportive of others, empowering others to be fulfilled in their role
  • Rewarding: Being committed to yours and others' personal development, recognising and celebrating success
  • Progressive: Valuing liberation, social justice, ethics, and environment, always trying to do the right thing
  • Student-Led: Understanding the importance of students actively shaping how we operate and what we do

Commitment

We ask Language Café Volunteers to commit to volunteering for 10 weeks of the term on Tuesday's from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. (Week 2 to Week 11).

SUPPORT & 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.
  • One to ones with their staff contact.

SKILLS GAINED

Skills Gained: Participating in this opportunity will enable you to develop and practice the following skills

Teamwork

X

Delegation

 

Financial Management

 

Verbal Communication

X

Negotiation

 

I.T.

 

Written Communication

X

People Management

 

Organisation/ Planning

 

Leadership

 

Time Management

X

Creativity

X

Commercial Awareness

 

Marketing

 

Initiative

X

Problem Solving

 

Decision Making

 

Public Speaking

 

Active Listening

X

Confidentiality

 

Cultural Awareness

X

 

How to apply

Our application process is simple, just fill in our online application form and you'll be contacted for an informal meeting or interview.

For more information please email jane.t@sussexstudent.com