Volunteering opportunities

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IRMO employs more than 80 volunteers who do everything from English teaching to running women’s groups and activities for children. We’re always on the lookout for positive, energetic people that are willing to donate their time and skills to IRMO.

For further information, please contact us at bolivar.lucio@irmo.org.uk

Current opportunities

 

VOLUNTEER ESOL COMPUTER BASED

As an ESOL Computer Based teacher in our English for Work project, you will be teaching basic IT and ESOL skills to individuals with very little or no knowledge of computing and English.
Through these lessons, you will help vulnerable adults to gain the necessary proficiency in IT skills English to integrate into broader society and to improve their lives. Essential to this role is to be able to engage students and to create an inclusive environment, imparting knowledge in an informal, friendly and lively way. Classes will be of mixed ability and age-group; creativity, positivity and patience are vital for this role. For this position fluency in English and basic IT skills are essential. Certifications such as Level 3-4 in Education and Training or CELTA/TEFL/TESOL are essential.

Days and Hours: Wednesdays 5pm – 8pm OR Fridays 10am – 1pm.  Allow 3/4 hours per week including preparation time.
Term: Start/end date 22/05/2017 – 05/08/2017.  Minimum voluntary commitment of 3 months

 

VOLUNTEER ESOL TEACHER FOR ADULTS

As a teacher in our English for Work project, you will be teaching English to mixed age adults helping (predominantly) Spanish and Portuguese speakers with very little grounding in English. At IRMO you can have a significant impact on your students’ lives, helping your learners to gain the necessary proficiency in English to integrate into broader society. Essential to this role is to be able to engage students and to create an inclusive environment, imparting knowledge in an informal, friendly and lively way. Classes will be of mixed ability and age-group; creativity and patience are vital for this role. For this position fluency in English is essential. Certifications such as Level 3-4 in Education and Training, TEFL, TESOL or CELTA are essential.

Days and Hours: Tuesdays 10am – 1pm and/or Thursdays 10am – 1pm.  Allow 3/4 hours per week including preparation time.
Term: Start/end date 22/05/2017 – 05/08/2017.  Minimum voluntary commitment of 3 months

 

VOLUNTEER ESOL CONVERSATION CHIT CHAT

As a teacher in our English for Work project, you will be teaching English to mixed age adults helping (predominantly) Spanish and Portuguese speakers with very little grounding in English. Our Chit Chat course is a drop in conversation class that help students to improve their confidence and speaking skills through practice of real life language.  Essential to this role is to be flexible, be able to engage students and to create an inclusive environment, imparting knowledge in an informal, friendly and lively way. Classes will be of mixed ability and age-group; creativity and patience are vital for this role. At IRMO you can have a significant impact on your students’ lives, helping your learners to gain the necessary proficiency in English to integrate into broader society .For this position fluency in English is essential. Certifications such as Level 3-4 in Education and Training, TEFL/TESOL or CELTA are required.

Days and Hours: Tuesdays 3pm – 6pm . Allow 3/4 hours per week including preparation time.
Term: From 06/06/2017.   Minimum voluntary commitment of 3 months

VOLUNTEER EMPLOYMENT SUPPORTER

As employment adviser, you will be providing ‘sector-specific guidance and support’. You will be delivering one to one support to Spanish and Portuguese speakers that are seeking work in the construction sector. In addition to supporting individuals with CV writing, interview skills and job hunting, you will also help participants to get official recognition/certification of their overseas qualifications and help them to find other training sessions they want to do. Another important element is helping to develop a database of useful contacts, companies and resources. Your contribution will be essential in helping participants move out of low-paid and unsecure jobs. In promoting economic self-sufficiency and social integration, the project is not only beneficial to the participants, but also to their families and the community as a whole. Your role will be therefore pivotal to IRMO’s strategy of empowering its users to help themselves and produce a positive broader social outcome.

Days and hours: Suggested minimum of 10 hours per week. Days/times flexible depending on your availability

Term: Suggested 3 month commitment

Skills required: IT skills, fluency in Spanish and a good level of English are essential (Portuguese language skills also desirable). Knowledge of job hunting, CV writing, interview skills

VOLUNTEER WELFARE ADVISER

As a Welfare Adviser, you will provide one to one information and advice on benefits, housing and tax, including benefit entitlements for families, children, housing and low income; housing problems; and tax credits. For this position, fluency in Spanish and English are essential, Portuguese is desirable

Days and Hours: Thursdays 10am to 1pm
Term: February – April 2017

 

VOLUNTEER CAREER MENTOR

The Step Up project at IRMO aims to support Latin Americans stuck in low-paid, insecure jobs. Through in-house training and one to one careers support, IRMO works to help individuals to achieve better contracts, move into a sector that is more suited to their interests and experience, and achieve London Living Wage. As a mentor, you will deliver one-to-one mentoring sessions to support mentees to identify and work towards key career goals. You will assist mentees in solving work-related issues, identify and remove barriers to better employment and other challenges that prevent the mentee from achieving their employment goals.

Days and Hours: Flexible
Term: Immediate start/A minimum commitment of 6 months

 

VOLUNTEER IMMIGRATION ASSISTANT 

As an Immigration Assistant,  you will shadow and assist IRMO’s OISC-certified Immigration Advisers in their work to offer confidential consultation on questions related to immigration and to deal with visa application procedures. You will not be providing advice.

Days and hours: 16/ week (flexible during the week, 10am to 6pm) Term: Suggested commitment of 6 months
Skills required: IT skills, fluency in Spanish and a good level of English are essential (Portuguese language skills also desirable)
 

VOLUNTEER STEP UP PROJECT ASSISTANT

As a project assistant for the Step Up career and development project you will work with the Project Manager to plan and deliver a programme that aims to support low- paid Latin American workers to improve their employment conditions and move into better paid jobs and wellbeing. The project has three core activities: (1) in-house training for people with experience in the construction sector in Latin America or their previous European country, (2) sector-specific guidance and support and (3) mentoring for people with university and/or professional qualifications. As a project assistant, you will support the Project Manager across all aspects of the project, including contacting and following up with project participants, administration, responding to queries and monitoring of results.

Days and hours: Suggested minimum of 15 hours/per week. Days/times flexible depending on your availability
Term: Suggested 6 month commitment
Skills required: IT skills, fluency in Spanish and a good level of English are essential (Portuguese language skills also desirable). Knowledge job hunting, CV writing, interview skills 

 

VOLUNTEER LEARNING PARTY FACILITATOR

To plan and deliver a diverse programme of creative activities that support children’s development and foster learning through art and play. As a Volunteer Learning Party Facilitator you will be working with Latin American children (mainly Spanish-speakers) aged 5-12 years old, who have recently migrated to the UK and are not yet in school or have only just started. As a result, they speak little to no English.

Days and hours: Thursdays 4:00-6:00 pm (plus 1 or 2 hours for planning and preparation)                                                               Term: Minimum 3 months                                                                                        Skills required: IT skills, fluency in Spanish and English are essential. Portuguese desirable.

Indoamerican Refugee and Migrant Organization