I feel very honoured to have been ‘headhunted’ – shall we say – by a new start-up organisation in London that want to develop a client-led tutoring service for refugees and asylum seekers.
It’s a really exciting venture to be part of, because the organisation, called ShoreStart, is very keen on creating a service that meets people’s exact needs, and is wary of being too prescriptive in terms of course materials and objectives.
I’m going to be helping them to ensure their clients’ involvement is meaningful, representative and adequately catered for (see my post on student involvement in service development), as well as making sure that the organisation is accountable in terms of what it delivers, and how far its developments reflect its clients’ requests.
I’ve been teaching English as a Foreign Language in private schools for just under two years now, but used to be heavily invested in ESOL environments through Leeds STAR and a refugee/asylum seeker organisation called WAST. I’m hoping to bridge these fields, particularly with reference to facilitating student involvement in developing services, and am also looking forward to spending more time in the big smoke!
It sounds like a great project, and I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in. As soon as their website’s up and running, I’ll share some of the amazing projects they’re currently working on.
P.S. if anyone in London would like to put me up on sporadic, short-term bases, that would be great!