The project

Learn & practice languages to connect with your community

Funded by the European Union, the AVAIL project is running various integration and advocacy initiatives in the UK, Ireland, Italy and Latvia. In the UK, this includes a collaboration between the British Red Cross and Chatterbox Languages.

Through recognising the untapped talent and skills within the refugee community, this initiative aims to connect refugee language tutors and language learners across the UK, in order to test and evaluate new models of language learning, and measure the integration experience for tutors and students.

>> Are you already learning a language? Receive 5 hours of free online conversation (intermediate or advanced level), choosing from: Arabic, Spanish, French, Mandarin, Korean, Persian, Turkish, Swahili, Hindi, Urdu and even Somali!

>> Do you want to start learning a language from scratch? Receive 5 hours of free online tuition to learn Arabic or Spanish.

Your commitment as a participant

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We are seeking to enhance the integration of refugees and asylum seekers within local communities. To evaluate our work and improve your experience we would like to ask you some questions about your experience with us. Your answers will be anonymous and will not influence your participation in the project.

In the future, the British Red Cross may also ask you for a short interview to discuss your experience of working with Chatterbox.

Are you eligible?

To be eligible you must:

✔️ Be a UK resident

✔️ Have intentions of learning a new language or practising a foreign language

✔️ Not already be a Chatterbox or British Red Cross student, employee or volunteer

✔️ Consent to participate in surveys before and after the block of lessons, with optional interviews


About Chatterbox

Chatterbox connects under-utilised refugee talent with in the demand for their skills, starting with language tutoring. We train and employ displaced people to teach their native languages in the booming online and in-person language learning industry, delivering conversation practice and tuition classes in 12 languages.

Learn more about our mission here

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Mohammad is an engaging tutor who put me at ease and gave me the confidence to speak more Arabic than I ever imagined!

— Charles, Arabic learner

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