Volunteering Week

Added: Mar 16, 2021

Many of our students are studying with us to build their skills to enable them to find jobs or change jobs. So every term in Adult Learning we have a week dedicated to the topic of employability. Last week across all the classes we read job advertisements, practiced writing CVs and covering letters, learned words and phrases to use in job interviews and learned words to share our skills, experience and knowledge.

This term the focus was especially on volunteering. We looked at opportunities to volunteer in Banbury and Oxford and thought about the value of volunteering. A real highlight was our guest speakers from Aspire, Oxford Mutual Aid, Good Gym and Banbury Advice Centre. Every class enjoyed asking questions and meeting different volunteers from these organsiations and we are really grateful to the 12 people who gave their time to visit our classes. At the end of the week, Sam ran drop in sessions to help students apply for volunteering posts. It was a really positive week – and we hope many of our students will consider volunteering in the future. Here is what some of the students said:

“ I liked hearing from the guest speaker – making questions for her and listening to her”

“I can fill in the job application now.”

‘The session was useful. In the future, I plan to work as a volunteer so I can also improve my English.’

‘I sincerely like to volunteer because that’s how I help people. I learned that helping people makes you feel pretty good about yourself.If I had the opportunity to volunteer in the UK I would.’

‘The lessons were interesting, informative and motivating.’

‘I learned that volunteering is a rewarding experience and I learned how it works.’


«...I not only consider EMBS a college - I also see it as my family.... »

«I arrived in this country four months ago, without any confidence in my English and really scared to be an independent person at sixteen. I didn't know what my next steps were since the education in my country is really different. One day, my aunt bought me to EMBS. At the beginning I was really insecure as I didn't even know how to use the bus and get there, it made me feel like a child surrounded by grown up people that didn’t understand me at all. Ever since I started to study here, everything negative that I used to feel has changed completely. I’ve got to meet amazing people like Jo and Jane, who took care of me and were concerned about my future. I’ve also got to make amazing friends like Aisha and Abner that always make me laugh and feel positive about life. Of course, this is not the only thing that the EMBS has given me: they also are deeply involved in my education and they help me in any way possible to achieve my purpose, which is go to university and study human rights. If I am being honest, I not only consider EMBS a college - I also see it as my family. »


«...I really enjoyed my time at EMBS, meeting so many different people and making lots of fun and happy memories.... »

«Before I came to EMBS I was very shy and often felt very awkward to start conversations with people around me, I never spoke unless I was spoken to but after a few months of being here I gained confidence and was able to communicate with other people comfortably, made good friends and feel like I knew myself. I really enjoyed my time at EMBS, meeting so many different people and making lots of fun and happy memories.»


«...The staff are really nice and friendly.... »

«Before I came to EMBS I was very shy and not confident, I used to be very afraid to speak English outside of college. But after several months, EMBS helped me to gain more confidence and especially improve my spoken and written English. The staff are really nice and friendly.»