Providing English language support for refugees and victims of human rights violations

Experience English Volunteers

Experience English is a volunteer-led programme providing English language support for refugees and victims of human rights violations living in London. It is run by the ESU in partnership with The Helen Bamber Foundation who are committed to providing its services to those survivors in need of care.

Gross human rights violations occur throughout the world with sobering regularity, creating new victims at an alarming rate. The root causes – war, oppression, persecution, poverty, to name but a few – are well known but finding durable solutions remains as elusive as ever.

This programme helps Helen Bamber clients to transition to life in London and improve their confidence and conversational ability.

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We are not currently open for applications, but you can register your interest by emailing

The ESU recruits volunteers for 10-week terms, twice a year, with the aim of improving confidence and ability through conversation. Those interested in applying should complete an online application form and a voluntary monitoring form. Successful candidates will then be invited for an informal interview with a member of the ESU’s international team. Those selected will be matched with clients by the Helen Bamber Foundation, following an induction evening at their headquarters.

Volunteers meet clients on an informal one-to-one basis, for approximately one hour each week. The hours are entirely flexible but we ask that volunteers commit to 10 sessions. Pairs meet in public places around London, and the ESU contributes towards any expenses for both volunteers and clients.

This is not a teaching programme, so volunteers do not need any teaching experience. We look for volunteers with good communication skills, enthusiasm, sensitivity, and a commitment to helping London refugees and asylum seekers.