Opportunities to help!

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 the ESU Education Network.

For more information, please click here.


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. In the meantime, please get in touch with us at mentors@esu.org if you’re interested.


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 education@esu.org.


If you are interested in supporting our work, but do not have the time to volunteer, then please consider donating to a specific programme. For example, you could pay for a student to attend Debate Academy, a fun and educational summer school, or you could pay for the participation fee for a school in your area to enter one of our competitions and/or pay for a Discover Your Voice Introduction to Debating day to warm them up for the competition. If you are interested in donating to a specific programme, we would be delighted to provide you with more information.

If you are interested in becoming a donor, please contact Marie Bond.