We are so excited to be working with these fantastic young volunteers, providing them with the training and guidance they need to engage young people safely and effectively – and to gain new skills and insight along the way.
We reached out to one of these amazing young tutors, Taha B, after his first lesson to find out what he made of this brand-new experience.
What was on your mind before the lesson?
The thing that I was thinking about was how could I get my student to see and to understand English. Particularly in a manner that would stick with him and help him in the future. If I could build up that passion, then he could nurture his own education and learn English in the future.
How did it go?
The lesson went really well! I think we forget how challenging it can be sometimes to push ourselves and do something we aren't certain of, so it was important to be understanding of that. I noticed that slowly but surely, he started to enjoy the lesson and his voice began to shift. There was certainly more excitement and confidence than before.
What have you taken away from the lesson?
Sometimes things won’t go as planned but the key to that is to adapt to the situation we find ourselves in every time. Don't go in with a rigid idea of what you want to get out of the lesson. Try your best to get it done, but accept that things might change. Don't be afraid of walking the other path.
Did you enjoy your first experience of tutoring?
Without a doubt. Children are amazing and a precious gift to the world around them. The world gets a little tougher each day, so it's been a sweet, humbling experience to be able to provide my student with the small amount of support I could offer. It reminded me how difficult it can be - to enjoy work, education, and other aspects of life.
It reminded me in some sense to be more humble about things. Life certainly isn’t easy. We need gratitude when we can do something well - but also when we can't.
You can read more about this programme and others here. If you’re interested in volunteering with us, you can find out more or get involved here.