Education Network

Our Education Network is comprised of alumni and mentors who help us to deliver many of our educational programmes and ensure that we can reach schools all over England and Wales

We take great pride in the passion and expertise of our mentors, without them we would not be able to help thousands of young people to discover their voice.

Become a mentor

Whether you’re looking to gain practical teaching experience  or thinking about life post-university, mentoring with the  English-Speaking Union (ESU) will look great on your CV:

- You’ll work across England and Wales helping young people to realise their full potential by improving their communication skills and boosting their confidence

- You’ll deliver debating and public speaking workshops in schools; judge ESU-run competitions; support participants during ESU residential programmes and have the chance to travel and deliver workshops around the world

- You’ll be paid £85 for a full-day workshop and £65 for a half-day. We also offer week-long projects such as Debate Academy, our residential summer school, where you can
earn up to £550

- You’ll receive full training and ongoing professional development. The ESU also covers the cost of a Child Protection Level 2 qualification and an Enhanced DBS Disclosure

- You’ll have the opportunity for internships and paid work at ESU headquarters in Mayfair, London

For more information about becoming a mentor, please email


Teach debate internationally!

Every year the ESU sends skilled speech and debate mentors to all corners of the globe on international debating tours to coach school students, teachers and competition organisers, as well as to give show debates. And we've just open applications for 2017

Running throughout September, October and November, the tours take place in Denmark, America and Japan. the deadline for applications is:

- ESU Japan Tour: Sunday 2nd July 2017

- US Tour: Sunday 9th July 2017

- ESU Denmark Tour:  Sunday 27th August 2017

To apply or find out more about an individual tour, please fill out this application form.

Become a judge

Are you unable to commit to becoming an ESU Mentor but still want to get involved? You could judge heats for competitions such as Schools’ Mace, Performing Shakespeare and the ESU Public Speaking Competition – just get in touch!

The English-Speaking Union Alumni Network

The Alumni Network brings together former ESU programme participants to share ideas, network and support young people currently involved in our programmes. As well as providing regular updates to keep alumni informed about relevant opportunities and up-to-date ESU news, we hold events and reunions.

If you have ever taken part in an ESU programme, scholarship or award and would like to join the network then please get in touch with our Alumni Officer, Alex Orpin, at or on 020 7529 1596.

We love hearing about the experiences Alumni have had on our programmes and what they have gone on to do since. If you would like to share your story, or make a suggestion for an Alumni event, then please get in touch with Alex.

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Register with the Alumni Network

To be kept up-to-date with Alumni news and events, please register your details here.

If you require any assistance with this form, please contact Alex Orpin (

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