MEET THE CHATTERBOX TUTORS AND CONVERSATION PARTNERS

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Huiling is an editor and journalist, focusing on travel, education and lifstyle. She holds a PhD in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology from the UK and gained the BSc in Traditional Chinese Pharmacy. She is a Mandarin conversation partner with Chatterbox.

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Wajed is an Arabic school teacher from Syria. She studied at Tishreen University and worked for eight years in primary education before being appointed as a pedagogue in the Educational Directorate in Latakia. She teaches Levantine and Modern Standard Arabic at Chatterbox.

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Eiad is a dentist from Syria, with a love of travel and culture. He was partway through a diploma in Oral Surgery before having to leave. He is currently studying dentistry in the UK, and works with Chatterbox part-time teaching Levantine and Modern Standard Arabic.


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Katayoon gained her degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Economics in Iran and has a UK taught MA in Business Administration. Katayoon is a Farsi/Persian conversation partner at Chatterbox and loves sharing cultural experiences.

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Hala is an English teacher with a degree in English Literature  from Damascus University. She volunteers in the Syrian community in London, translating and interpreting for newcomers to the UK. She loves reading and writing Arabic poetry along with photograph. Hala tutors Arabic with Chatterbox.

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Yishi holds an MA in International Relations and Global Political Economy and an MBA from the University of Wales. With 8 years working experience in multinational cooperation, Yishi's interests include travel, culture, public affairs, food and communication.  Yishi is a Mandarin tutor with Chatterbox


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Usman is completing his MSc in Marketing Communications at Birkbeck University of London, whilst also holding an MBA from his home country, Pakistan. He also volunteers with immigration charity Detention Action. Usman is an Urdu conversation partner with Chatterbox.

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Soraya is a writer and a political activist with 22 years experience of teaching in her home country and the UK. Soraya has a masters in Sociology and a BA in Persian literature and speaks Farsi, Kurdish Sorani, and English fluently.

 

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Jihyun is a teacher and poet from North Korea. In the UK, she works for the European Alliance for Human Rights in North Korea. She is a prominent activist, and appeared in the Amnesty International documentary “The Other Interview”.
She speaks the North Hamgyung and Seoul dialects of Korean.



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Kainaaz is an actress and filmmaker, with an extensive career in the Bollywood film industry. Originally from Iran, she grew up in India, and speaks Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi and Gujarati as well as Farsi and English. In the UK, she volunteers as a Farsi interpreter for migrants, working with organisations such as Migrant Help, the Doncaster Conversation Club, and the Red Cross.

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Muna trained as an Architect at Damascus University in Syria, and subsequently managed an engineering and construction centre. She has extensive teaching experience, having worked as a supervisor and Arabic teacher in a middle school in Syria, and teaching private students in London.

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Abdullah holds a Master's degree in International Architectural Regeneration and Development from Oxford Brookes University. He has years of experience in international development and governance and in architectural project design and management. Back in Syria, Abdullah taught architecture at Damascus University, founded an NGO, and managed projects at prominent international organisations.

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Mohamed is a trained English teacher, having taught at both primary and secondary levels as well as educating adults. He also holds a translation qualification from the University of Damascus, and has taken part in public service broadcasting. He's worked in English, Kurdish, and Arabic, and currently teaches basic English to recently arrived refugees in the UK.

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Tshikaya - is a medical doctor from the Democratic Republic of Congo, who has also worked in South Africa and as a health advisor in the UK. He also has work experience teaching other health professionals in the DRC and members of society through healthy living workshops run by community based charities. He is fluent in English, French, Lingala, Swahili and Tshiluba and currently tutors with Chatterbox in these languages.

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Eric is from Brazzaville in the Republic of Congo. He holds a degree in Sport from the International University of Physical Education in Cuba, as well as having substantial experience of teaching French and translating French and Spanish.  He hopes to finish his PHD in physical culture in Cuba. Eric teaches French with Chatterbox

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Zari is an Iranian lawyer with a few years experience of teaching. She has a master in international law and a BA in political Science from the University of Tehran. She speaks Farsi and English fluently. She is interested in literature, both in Farsi and English, with specific focus on writing.

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Ahmed is a Human Rights expert from Yemen. He has extensive experience working with international human rights organisations. 

He gained a bachelor’s degree in Law from Sa’ana University, and recently completed the Protective Fellowship for Human Rights Defenders at Risk at York University in the UK. He is an Arabic partner with Chatterbox.

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Mohamed holds a BA in Accounting from Cairo University and is a fashion designer. He worked for HSBC bank in Egypt before coming to the UK. He loves reading and drawing and is interested in art and culture.  Mohamed tutors Egyptian Arabic with Chatterbox

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Jorge is from Cuba. He has a degree in journalism and previously worked in newspaper, radio and TV – lecturing at the School of Communication of University of Havana. Jorge is passionate about politics, travelling and meeting people from different cultures. He's a Spanish conversation partner at Chatterbox.

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Entesar holds a degree in Information & Public Relations from the National University of Yemen. She has experience in teaching and social development with an international NGO. She works as a freelance translator and interpreter and hopes to gain an MA in Advice and Guidance. She is passionate about learning and interacting with people and tutors Yemeni Arabic with Chatterbox. 

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Fatih is a former lecturer in political science from Turkey. He graduated from Hacettepe University in 2003 and finished his masters in 2010. The Turkish government shut down many universities after the failed coup attempt on 15 July 2016, including Fatih's own while he was studying for his PhD. Consequently, he could not complete his studies or come back to his job. His academic interests are the issues surrounding politics, Islam, and democracy. He teaches Turkish with Chatterbox.

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Minghui is a fashion writer. She finished her fashion design degree in the city of  Cambridge. She loves art & culture and enjoys discovering every little beautiful thing in life. She is now studying at a traditional bespoke tailoring house in Mayfair London. She works with Chatterbox part-time teaching Mandarin.

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John is an actor, theatre director, teacher and broadcaster, originally from Colombia.  John has been teaching drama, film and communication in London for more than 15 years, specialising in working with ESOL and SEN students. John is currently working as Spanish tutor in primary and secondary schools part of MFL and part time Spanish tutor for Chatterbox.

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Ali is from Syria. With a degree in Medical Equipment Maintenance, he has worked in communication training and customer care for a leading Syrian mobile provider. He has experience in the humanitarian field, having worked as projects coordinator for an NGO in Lebanon, leading on Public Relations, Education, and Psychological Support. He is now based in France, and tutors online

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Jonathan previously worked in an accounting firm and was studying for a BA in Economics and Business at the Universitè Sagesse D’Afrique before leaving Burundi. He regularly teaches and interprets French and Swahili in his work. Jonathan has a passion for football, learning, and supporting and facilitating communication.  

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Muhammed is from Iraq, and has lived in Jordan and UAE. He studied Languages and French Art in Baghdad, and gained a Diploma in English Language. He has returned to languages, working in various capacities as an interpreter and French tutor in Iraq and the UK. He enjoys reading, spending time with friends, and watching and playing sports. He speaks fluent Arabic and French.

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Alaa has a degree in accounting from Syria. During his 10 months in Calais, he supported refugees by setting up food distributions and worked with other refugee community leaders to improve the camp. He also provided translation and support for Safe Passage, collecting data about unaccompanied minors with family in the UK so they could be reunited. He is now reunited with his own family who successfully arrived in the UK in 2017.

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Sami is an engineer from Syria, having gained his degree in Production Engineering from Aleppo University. More recently, he gained a diploma in mechanical design from the Suvidya Institute of Technology in Mumbai. He is experienced in the management of technical projects, having worked in both Syria and the UAE. The war prevented him from completing a master's degree.

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Mohammad is a teacher and journalist with a Bachelors degree in English language and literature from Damascus University. Mohammad founded a regional newspaper and worked as a human rights practitioner before leaving Syria. He teaches Standard and Levantine Arabic with Chatterbox and intends to do Master's degree in education and international development. He loves reading, music and exploring. 

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Mohammed is a business graduate from Aleppo, Syria. He has more than three years' experience as a freelance interpreter and translator with several NGOs in Istanbul.  He teaches Modern Standard and Levantine Arabic with Chatterbox. 

 

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Read this section if you are interested in becoming a Chatterbox language tutor or conversation partner. 

If you are interested in working or volunteering with us on recruitment, language training, marketing, web design, graphic design, or immigration and employment law, please get in touch at hello@wearechatterbox.org. We also welcome students who'd like to join us as on-campus ambasssadors!