What does the role involve?
Working as a conversation practice partner involves speaking to students, as much in your own language as possible, to help them improve their fluency.
Working as a tutor is more structured. You will take students through topics to build up their language skills. We provide you with training and materials to do this.
There may also be the opportunity to speak at events or conduct particular cultural training sessions with our corporate clients, which we aim to match you with based on your prior experience.
Where do the lessons take place?
If you are not based in London, you would work online via Skype
In-person classes are conducted in locations to suit both tutor and tutee, but many of the sessions will take place on campus at SOAS University of London, in the Senate House.
How many hours’ work can I expect?
This varies depending on demand. However, work is completely flexible and you can choose the days and times you are available.
When would I start?
We are recruiting on an ongoing basis.
Who can apply?
I’m an asylum seeker. Can I apply?
We welcome applications from refugees and asylum seekers alike. If you do not have right to work, get in touch to find out about volunteering with Chatterbox. We will offer you a paid role once you are given refugee status.
I’m not based in London. Can I apply?
Yes. Sessions can be both in-person and online, so you can work online if you’re not based in London, so long as you have access to internet and a webcam.
How good does my English have to be?
We require you to be comfortable enough with English to explain what words mean, but it doesn’t have to be perfect. Conversational English is assessed by the Chatterbox team in a Skype or Google Hangouts conversation, but Level 2 is about right.
What languages are you looking for?
We are accepting applications from a wide range of languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Persian, Korean, Chinese French, Swahili, Hindi, Turkish, and Spanish.
If you speak a different language, but are interested in working with us, please get in touch.
I don’t have a degree or teaching experience. Can I apply?
People joining Chatterbox typically have either degree-level education or teaching experience. If you do not meet these criteria but can demonstrate that you’re capable we are keen to hear from you.
How should I apply?
Fill in our form.
What happens after I apply?
We will review your application form, and we will let you know within a week if we’re going to invite you for an interview. Interviews are online, and last about 30 minutes.
We look forward to hearing from you! If you still have questions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org