WORKING WITH VOLUNTEERS TO OFFER ENGLISH LESSONS IN PARIS
English Pour Tout Le Monde is an association based in Paris offering English learning opportunities to people in precarious situations that do not have the means to pay for traditional English lessons. The aim is to support economic empowerment, promote community and achieve a more equal society through education.
With the help of our volunteers, we provide group English sessions and extra-curricular activities. We work in partnership with other associations who assist refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and people experiencing difficulties.
WHO WE ARE
English Pour Tout Le Monde is based on the belief that everyone (tout le monde) everywhere, no matter their circumstances in life should have access to education.
Our team met and started EPTLM when volunteering with another association in Paris. After being asked frequently about English learning opportunities, we decided to start a trial and in Spring 2019 started informal English lessons in a park. With the help of our volunteers, we were running sessions twice weekly after serving breakfast to refugees, asylum seekers, homeless people and migrants with our partner P’tit Dej Solidaires in the 18th arrondissement.
From there, we were able to grow our sessions and also move them inside with support from other partners in the 19th arrondissement. In August 2020 EPTLM was accepted onto the SINGA incubation programme which allowed us to continue grow and to open up our sessions, reaching more participants and our wonderful volunteer team.
Currently, we are housed within Projets 19 in the 19th arrondissement and are running multiple sessions per week in term time across Paris, as well as running ateliers for children in the holidays. And we hope to continue to grow!
MEET THE TEAM
In 2016 Katie moved to Paris and has since tutored english and worked for an NGO running a volunteer food distribution programme. Whilst working in the NGO sector in Paris she continually met able and inspiring individuals on the streets who wanted to practice and improve their English language skills, but didn’t have the opportunity to do so. With this in mind, she along with the other co-founders decided to create English Pour Tout Le Monde. She now together with her team, coordinates the growth and day to day activities of English Pour Tout Le Monde.
Katie loves to read, hike and travel to learn about new cultures. She also co-created and runs a successful social action book club at Shakespeare and Co.
Katie believes that there is hope for a positive future for ALL, and intends that English Pour Tout Le Monde will be part of that future.
Since moving to Paris in 2012, Kathryn has been increasingly concerned by the ever-growing refugee/migrant and homeless crisis. As a result, she started to volunteer with food distribution charities in Paris and really valued the interactions with the people she was meeting on the streets. This then led to her joining the EPTLM team where she has helped develop the association.
Kathryn really believes in the importance of taking time to exchange with people and that even where a common language is limited, very valuable and warming connections can be made.
Outside of English Pour Tout Le Monde, Kathryn continues to work with food distribution charities and link with other associations offering support to the refugee/migrant population. She also enjoys reading, music and Pilates
Jilly is a twenty-one-year-old American studying abroad for their third year of University Studying Political Science, Philosophy, and Art History with a minor in Gender Studies. Their motivation behind this internship is, first and foremost, to help underserved communities. However, one of the biggest reasons they were especially interested in this specific internship is growing up; their grandmother taught English to asylum seekers in America. And every holiday and special family dinner, she would invite at least one of them to join the family. Jilly has always admired that their grandmother did this, so having the opportunity to do something similar is incredibly special to them and a significant motivator.
Jilly is incredibly passionate about helping people. They believe education should be accessible to everyone, as well as a quality of life. Jilly's dream is to be a human rights lawyer. Jilly has volunteered for various women's rights organisations and LGBTQ+ rights organisations in America. Jilly hopes to continue to the work EPTLM does when they return to America.
GROUP ENGLISH COURSES
We run two different types of group lessons, either informal or classroom sessions.
In our informal sessions, the approach is more fluid as the audience can change each week and the different levels of English can be huge. Therefore, the style is more one to one and can range from teaching the alphabet to discussing climate change!
In our classroom sessions, a course structure and materials are provided but creativity is welcomed. These sessions are delivered by 2 to 3 volunteers and the audience should be the same each week.
We believe it is important to meet together outside of the classroom to share activities between students and volunteers and to practice English in a different way.
Therefore, each month we will propose different activities in English from yoga to boxing to painting and beyond.
These sessions are either delivered by our volunteers or other partners and we are always open to more ideas if you would like to do something too.
To see our current schedule, please click here.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
If you are interested in volunteering with us, either on a regular weekly basis (for our classroom sessions) or on a more irregular basis (for our weekly informal sessions), please send us an email. Alternatively complete our short 'Volunteer Questionnaire' for us to know more about you.
Teaching experience is not essential but is an added benefit for our classroom sessions.
PARTNER WITH US
We are always searching for new partners who are interested to have English courses available for the people they assist. We can adapt our course structure and content to the needs of your audience.
The partnership works with our volunteers providing the English course at a regular time each week. Our partner would ideally provide a place for the course to take place and would also be responsible for organising the people who would participate.
If you would be interested to meet us and discuss further, please let us know by email or alternatively you can complete the below quick questionnaire.