Meet The Forum: Jeff

25 October 2011
The Forum

Volunteer – English Teacher

I have lived and worked in Indonesia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Poland, and the UK working for the British Council. My last job before starting to volunteer at The Forum was in London for about ten years with the international development charity Book Aid International. I live in London now.

Why are you interested in migration?

I am interested in migration because I have lived a lot overseas – about four years in each of the countries mentioned above. I have a real interest in migration because it is an issue that will grow in importance in our evermore inter-connected world.

What do you do at MRCF?
I teach English one day a week, working either with individuals on a one to one basis or with small classes. Some students are complete beginners, others are more advanced and want to get even better.

What do you think is unique about MRCF?
MRCF has a wonderfully open feeling that all are welcome and will be helped to gain an independence and a sense of achievement.

What issues do you think are most important to
migrants in London?

Feeling secure, living somewhere reasonable, coping with the bureaucracy, having access to medical and psychological services, and building up a network of
friends.

What are you looking forward to in the next year?
I look forward to another year of volunteering and helping the students to increase their self-confidence by getting better at English.

“MRCF has a
wonderfully open
feeling that all are
welcome and will
be helped to gain
an independence
and a sense of
achievement.”

 

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