Volunteering with Refugees is a teaching course offered through a partnership between the nonprofit organization Crisis Classroom and Cambridge Assessment English of the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England, United Kingdom. The course is taught by the co-founders of the organization and a teacher development manager at the university. Anyone who is thinking of volunteering or currently volunteering at centers or with organizations that provide services for refugees and asylum seekers is invited to enroll. People who have previous teaching experience will have an advantage learning the course material, but this work history is not a prerequisite for enrollment.
Lasting for three weeks, Volunteering with Refugees is presented through online video lectures in English. Supplemental readings are given to expand students’ knowledge, and assignments are given to enhance mastery of the course material. Most students will need to spend about four hours on the course each week to successfully learn the material covered and to complete all assignments.
The primary focus of Volunteering with Refugees is linguistic support, something that most refugees and asylum seekers require. By the end of the class, students will have a deeper understanding of the linguistic and social needs of refugees. In addition, students will learn how to identify behaviors linked with trauma. The course also covers various teaching strategies and activities that can benefit refugees and asylum seekers. The class also provides students with resources that they can rely on for language teaching assistance while providing refugee support.