The LEAH Volunteer Tutor

Volunteers have diverse backgrounds and experience. All you need is commitment and a good understanding of English.

We are looking for local volunteers (over 18) who are available during the day and who can commit weekly for a minimum of 1 year.

Volunteer Role Description 2016

LEAH volunteer tutors come from diverse backgrounds and have very different types of experience. No teaching experience or qualifications are required.

All you need is the ability to commit to a minimum of 1 year volunteering, a good understanding of English and the desire to help other people. LEAH positively encourages people with English as their Second Language to apply as volunteers.

Through providing one-to-one lessons to a client on a weekly basis, LEAH volunteer tutors find their own horizons broadened.

Many LEAH tutors have gone on to qualify as ESOL or EFL teachers, inspired by the experiences they have had as a LEAH home tutor. A wide range of useful and transferable skills can be gained through volunteering with LEAH as a home tutor.

LEAH volunteers make a real difference to someone else’s life.

Training for Volunteer Tutors

  • Volunteers do not need to have teaching experience or qualifications as all volunteers attend the compulsory LEAH Tutor Training course.
  • The training course is specifically designed to meet the needs of volunteers who will be working on a one-to-one basis with students in their homes. 
  • LEAH runs several training courses a year, so for further information about the dates of the next available course please contact the LEAH office.

For more details on the training course, please read our blog for a week by week commentary from a couple of our volunteers.

Pairing with a Client

  • All volunteers must successfully complete the training course before they can be paired with a client. LEAH also requires all of its volunteers to have a current DBS check (previously known as CRB) before they can begin teaching a client.
  • LEAH will try to pair a volunteer with an appropriate client as quickly as possible. Volunteer preferences (for example, a client who lives locally) will be taken into account wherever possible.
  • The volunteer will be accompanied by a LEAH Coordinator for their initial visit to the client's house. This will allow them to meet their new client and see the environment they will be teaching within. Following this, the days and times of lessons will be agreed between the volunteer tutor and the client, although LEAH asks that all volunteers provide at least one hour of tuition a week.
  • All volunteers can access teaching support by contacting LEAH Coordinators by telephone or email. Additional materials, such as tapes, books and a cassette player, are available in the LEAH office. Many books from the LEAH library can be signed out by volunteers, while others can be photocopied in the office. 

Apply to become a Volunteer Tutor

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer tutor with LEAH, please download and complete the application and monitoring forms below.

Voluteer application form 2016

Volunteer application monitoring form 2016

Completed application forms can be returned to:

Learn English at Home

Siddeley House

50 Canbury Park Road



Alternatively, completed forms can be emailed to: 


We will need two references, who will be required to complete the attached Volunteer reference request 2016

For further details about becoming a LEAH Volunteer, please get in touch and a member of LEAH staff will be happy to help you.


Quotes from some of LEAH's existing volunteers

Here are a few things some of LEAH's existing volunteers have said...

"The training course is amazing. I wish I'd done it earlier"

JS, LEAH Volunteer Tutor


"This is one of the most exciting things I've ever done"

BB, LEAH Volunteer Tutor