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We’re hugely grateful to those who volunteer their time in helping to organise and run ESU programmes and competitions. Find out how you could help


‘We rely on the generous support of our members, donors and volunteers to ensure we can reach those children who need our help most’

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Join a community that values the power of friendship and language, and that supports young people to build the speaking and listening skills they need to thrive.

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Dartmouth House

London membership: £63/month or £750/year

Country membership: £42/month or £500/year

Under 35 membership: £25/month or £300/year

Plus, £250 joining fee.

You must be over 18 to hold a Dartmouth House membership.


  • Unlimited access to Dartmouth House for you and up to three guests, with extended opening hours until 9pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
  • Access to the full Dartmouth House and ESU events programme, including discounted tickets
  • Regular professional and social networking opportunities
  • Access to additional benefits throughout the year from our exclusive partners
  • All the benefits of ESU membership, including optional membership of a local branch and voting rights
Apply for Dartmouth House Membership

ESU Membership

Standard: £8.40/month or £100/year

Educators or Volunteers: £40/year

Under 27: £20/year 



You must be over 18 to hold an ESU membership.


  • Discounted tickets for ESU events
  • Opportunity to join local branches
  • Various discounts with our trusted partners, such as 10% discount on Graysons venue hire, 20% discount at Chesterfield Hotel
  • Access to ESU Online, our member-only online hub with exclusive content and resources
  • Hard copy of Dialogue, our member magazine, twice a year
  • Voting rights
Apply for an ESU Membership

ESU Online







You must be over 18 to hold an ESU Online membership.


  • Access to our member-only online hub with exclusive content and resources
  • Discounted tickets for ESU events, including for online events
  • Digital copy of Dialogue, our member magazine, twice a year
Apply for ESU Online Membership
View from above of large group of people at an event in the courtyard of Dartmouth House

Do you value connection and friendship?

Our members join a community that values the power of friendship and language. We believe that speaking and listening skills together with cultural understanding are key to personal fulfilment and lasting social change.

While members meet all over the world, Dartmouth House, our London headquarters, is a space for members to socialise, work, and be inspired through our events programme. The Grade II-listed House offers a bar, lounge and marble courtyard and our Dartmouth House Membership offers unlimited access to its facilities.

Do you believe in the power of education?

We work with young people all over the world to increase oracy skills and cultural understanding. These skills help them to achieve their full potential and to change their lives and communities for the better.

As a member, you contribute to this vital educational work. Many members also choose to help us by fundraising or volunteering their time to help us run our programmes and competitions.

Five girls' pupils of Broadwater Primary School in Tooting, South London standing inside a classroom.
A picture of the globe focusing on part of Africa map.

Do you want to join a network for global dialogue?

As a member, you join an international community of like-minded people, all open to new ideas and cultures. Our network of branches and International ESUs provide opportunities to meet, socialise and gain new perspectives on the world.

Our life-changing work is made possible by the support of our members.

Jane Easton


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