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UKLC – Erasmus+ “Leaders in Language” programme 2018

October 12, 2017

A guest blog from  Catherine Grieveson, who works in Recruitment for UK Language Courses (UKLC)

“UKLC has once again secured European Social Funding via the Erasmus+ programme for the sixth time in a row.  This programme allows us to run our teacher training project, Leaders In Language.

The project for 2018 again aims to offer extra training to fifty newly qualified CELTA/CertTESOL teachers followed by a month-long voluntary placement in a school in either Oviedo or the Valenciana region in Spain.  We provide flights, travel insurance, accommodation and a small weekly allowance.

The first training week will be on 2nd January in Chester followed by a 1 month placement from 7th January 2018.  We are also running a programme in early April.

I’ve attached a document that goes through all of the information relevant to the project.  If any of your trainees would like to apply to take part, please ask them to email me directly ( and send an up-to-date copy of their CV.  I will also be more than happy to answer any questions that your trainees might have.

Kind regards,


2018 Leaders In Language Erasmus+ Information

2018 UKLC Application Form Erasmus+ Leaders in Language

T: 00 44 1244 577 995
UK Language Courses (UKLC)
A: Unit 1d Rossett Business Village
Rossett LL12 0AY
F: 00 44 1244 579 136



Business English & ALT Trainers – Japan – Positions starting March 2018

October 6, 2017

Robert Strachan is the director of International Education Services (IES) – a language training consultancy incorporated in 1969 in Japan. He has written to let me know about jobs with Japanese corporations, government ministries and public schools in Tokyo from March 2018. These are mainly as below:

Business English & ALT Trainers

Accepting applications for university graduates to teach at Japanese corporations, government ministries and public schools in Tokyo. Positions starting March 2018. Contract includes:

  • Guaranteed Annual Salary
  • Visa sponsorship
  • Paid vacations
  • Subsidized health insurance payments (Japan’s national plan covers 70% of medical/dental fees),
  • Contract fulfillment bonus
  • Travel expense reimbursement to/from teaching assignments.
  • Comprehensive assistance with your work-visa submission, hotel and other arrival arrangements, finding accommodation and other settling-in challenges.

To apply, please e-mail cover letter and resume to:

“International Education Services (IES) is a market-leading language training consultancy incorporated in 1969 in Japan. Headquartered in Tokyo, IES has almost 50 years of experience designing and conducting business, technical, order-made, and cross-cultural communication programs for Japanese corporations and national governmental organizations, as well as providing English instruction in Japanese elementary and secondary schools under the jurisdiction of city/ward boards of education. IES hires directly and exclusively to fill vacancies within the company.”

Unity in Diversity – Swansea – ongoing request for volunteer teachers

October 5, 2017

This guest blog is from Wayne Yare, the project coordinator of Unity in Diversity:

We are currently looking for volunteer teachers to cover our English classes at our community drop-in that supports asylum seekers and refugees in the Swansea area. Ideally we’d like a number of available teachers in order to cover all classes when needed. Our IELTS classes are already covered but we do need help with our elementary and pre-intermediate classes.

We welcome anyone with an interest to come along and discuss how they can get involved.

We open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4pm to 8pm. Coming early in a session would give us plenty of time to look around and have a chat before we get busy. Ideally between 4pm and 5pm.

We are located at:

The United Reformed Church

Caepistyll street,Waun Wen

Swansea SA1 2BE

UiD on Google Maps –

Please see our website for full details on times/location/activities etc.


Wayne Yare

Project Coordinator

Unity in Diversity (Swansea 2015) Community Drop-in.

Telephone: 07944 523256


Unity in Diversity Website:

Unity in Diversity on Twitter:

Unity in Diversity Facebook Group

Unity in Diversity FC Facebook Group

Unity in Diversity Location – Map

Postal address available upon request

Project coordinator / manager – WOW women’s Film club – South Wales

September 29, 2017

The WOW Women’s Film Club and Gentle/Radical are inviting applications for the post of part-time Project Coordinator/Manager to work with the WOW Film Club team on their Big Lottery funded programme running up until April 2019.

Applications welcome from individuals working within the arts, voluntary or charitable sectors; and who can demonstrate experience of managing and coordinating community-based projects, programmes or initiatives.

The Project Coordinator post is based on a commitment of 6 days work per month at a freelance rate of  £175/day.

Fee: 6 days a month @ £175 per day
Project Duration: November 2017 – April 2019
Application Deadline: Tuesday 17th October

For further information please contact Rabab Ghazoul on

Details on the post and how to apply are attached

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FREE writing workshop for asylum seekers and refugees – Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea Oct 4th 2017

September 22, 2017

FREE EVENT with reimbursed travel*

October 4th 2017, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Children welcome

We are very excited to offer a FREE writing workshop for asylum seekers and refugees with the published poet, dramatist and novelist, Eric Ngalle Charles. Having come to the UK in 1999, Eric now runs writing workshops that specifically consider the trauma of the refugee experience.

Eric is an experienced tutor with an impressive dedication to the arts. In collaboration with Hafan books, he has co-edited and published several poetry anthologies by refugees, migrants and indigenous artists. His memoirs are due to be published by Parthian books in 2018. He is also the founder of Black Entertainment Wales, an organisation that showcases the work of BME artists.

* Bus tickets will be reimbursed at reception after the completion of the workshop. Taxis and other modes of transport will not be refunded. Swansea area only.

To book your place please call 01792463980 or visit

The Dylan Thomas Centre, Somerset Place, SA1 1RR


Jack in South Korea – his first-hand account

September 22, 2017

Jack studied the Cambridge CELTA with ELTS in July 2016, and has been kind enough to send an account of his first job in Korea and a lot of interesting pictures. Here are his thoughts on the experience – and as you can read, a rewarding and productive time:

After some visa trouble and having been awake for almost 30 hours (to anyone who can sleep on flights I salute you) I arrived at Incheon international airport to begin a new life here in South Korea. Still though, I needed to get to my city. I arrived in Daegu the morning after, still tired, and met the EPIK co-ordinater for the city.  She took me to the regional office where I would meet my new co-workers for at least the next year. Nervous? Yes, but excited and in all honesty I was so tired I couldn’t concentrate on much else other than staying awake.

I had started my application in November and it was now March. The process to apply for the EPIK program here in Korea is rather long winded but for those of us who have gone through any CELTA program it is a breeze. A lesson plan, a Skype interview both a relative ease. The paperwork after is the tricky part but nothing so hard as to be called strenuous.

I was now told where my new schools would be, taken to my new apartment, around 10 mins from downtown Daegu and 5 from the schools and also shopping with some of my new co-workers. They told where to report to during the week and what they would like me to teach for my first lesson. Was I nervous? Maybe, but in all honesty I just wanted first to go to bed and then start teaching!

The first day at my new school was a plethora of excited 6-12 year old Korean children occasionally mitigated by a curious teacher asking where I was from or telling me “Handsome boy”. Being from the UK every time I heard these words I died a little on the inside, complements are scary.  I met the principle to the tone of some bad Korean on my part and “handsome boy” on hers. This was it, time to start my life here in Korea and, so far, it’s been 놀랄 만해요!!!

I work for the office of education here in Daegu and was recruited through EPIK. EPIK puts teachers into public schools all over the country from the big city to the smallest village school. I work in the city of Daegu, in fact the hottest city in Korea which I found out only after I got here! I teach 24 lessons a week to children from age 8-11 but I have friends who teach in middle schools, some high schools as well as English centers. I always teach alongside a Korean co-teacher. They have been great to work along side and all of the teachers I work with are incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. 

For the 1st year teachers here you earn a minimum $2000 dollars and then depending on experience where you live and qualifications you can go up to $2700 a month. Cost of living here is really low I find myself being able to save at least 1/3 of this even on months I have been travelling every weekend. Bills are around $40 a month and the only really expensive thing here is fruit which is a minor annoyance compared to what one gets back.

Living here in Korea has been *insert superlative here*.  I really can’t describe the fun I’m having. I am involved with sports teams and volunteer with north Korean defectors. I take Korean classes twice a week and go to language exchanges on Saturdays. I travel a lot, at least 2 weekends in every month and have been lucky enough to meet many wonderful locals and expats that live here. The food is great the people are, in the most part, friendly and the weather here has been wonderful; however I’m yet to experience winter and have been told it gets down to -12.

It can’t all be roses and not everyone here gets the same experience I get. There are lots of private schools here that don’t offer the same benefits the public schools do and the holidays are not as good. With regards to EPIK and the public schools you spend a lot of the school holidays ‘desk warming’ as you yourself only get 2 weeks off in summer and winter whereas the kids are off for 1/2 months. So, if you’re not teaching camps you will be sitting at your desk all day. Keeping in touch with home is also an annoyance with time zones and work schedules I can call once a week if I’m lucky. Also and worst of all……AMERICAN ENGLISH!

All in all though so far I have loved my time here. I hope I can persuade a few more people to join me because I can not talk highly enough of my time here! I’ve liked it so much I’ll be signing on for another year even if I have to play “soccer” for a few more months.

Swansea Oxfam events coming soon…

September 1, 2017

Swansea Oxfam events coming soon…

Thursday 21st September

Poets For Peace event to mark UN International Day of Peace

Poetry and Music in Oxfam, Castle Street, Swansea, from 7.30-10pm.

Free Admission. Donations to Oxfam, please!


Sunday 24th September – Roald Dahl Day

at The Waterfront Museum from 12-4

Oxfam Children’s Book Stall and loads of Roald Dahl-related fun activities!

Sunday 1st October – Karen Gemma Brewer’s “Seeds From A Dandelion”

Direct from Edinburgh Fringe Festival to Swansea Fringe Festival!

A show featuring poetry, music and storytelling… from 11.30-12.30 in Oxfam, Castle Street, Swansea.

Free Admission.


Friday 29th  September – Sunday 1st October – “Books On Tour!”

As part of Swansea Fringe Festival, we’ll be hiding FREE music books

along Castle Street and High Street for you to find!


Saturday 7th  and Sunday 8th October – Book Swap

at The Waterfront Museum. 11-4 each day.


Sunday 8th October – Fun Palace

at The Waterfront Museum. A celebration of science, art and learning! 12-4.


Monday 16th October – The Landore Wizard!

The return of the Mighty Landore Wizard with his keyboard classics! From 12.30 in shop.


Tuesday 17th October – Valley Folk Club Takeover Oxfam!

A Folk Club in the shop! Doors open 7pm. Suggested donation £2.


Saturday 28th October – Local History Book Fair

at Swansea Museum. Oxfam will be there with lots of Local History bargains!


Watch out for updates on 

Oxfam Castle Street Swansea – Facebook

Oxfam – Castle Street – Twitter