The English-Speaking Union has the privilege and pleasure to work with a variety of people from all walks of life. To assist in our work, you can get involved in any of the following ways outlined below.


Mentors support young people to take part in our Discover Your Voice programme, delivering public speaking and debating workshops. They also have the opportunity to work on our bespoke training programmes, such as Debate Academy and deliver workshops across the world as part of our International Tours. If you have experience in debating or public speaking, either as a participant or as a teacher, then you can become a mentor as part of our Education Network.

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Judging our competitions

Judges adjudicate our national and international competitions such as Schools’ Mace, Public Speaking Competition and Performing Shakespeare. A new and improved judges selection and training process is currently being developed.


The ESU's Education Department frequently looks for individuals who are willing to participate in programmes such as Experience English.

For more information, please contact or take a look at our Experience English programme.