Mojgan is a volunteer for the ESOL Conversation Café that engages people with limited English speaking skills in a welcoming and friendly space for informal language learning, with 90-minute sessions supported by at least 2 volunteers.
Last December I started volunteering at the conversation cafe which is run by Barnet and Southgate college in partnership with RAF Museum. The sessions are being held every Wednesday at the Museum in London.
The students, whose first language is not English, are from a variety of languages and backgrounds.
Each week I am given a topic with some questions to start a conversation with but I often find that students are keen to talk and tell me about themselves and their hobbies so I end up listening and talking about what they want to talk about.
I find these sessions very rewarding and at times quite a lot of fun. After each session I go home feeling great that I may have made a very small difference to someone’s day which makes me happy and I look forward to the next session.