2019 marks the 35th anniversary of Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June), when our school joins thousands of charities and voluntary organisations across Scotland to celebrate volunteering.

Our 54 volunteers are involved in tutoring international students, looking after students’ children, running administration and social media, raising funds, helping out at events and as trustees. 

To be a volunteer, it takes…

Generosity, a willingness to give your time to others
Understanding, because their lives might be very different from your own
Empathy, an ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and feel what they must feel
Compassion, to truly care about making someone else’s life better
Patience, because the process doesn’t always go as smoothly as it might
Dedication, to stick with the project and see it through

Our volunteers have shown these qualities and so much more, so we thank then for all they do.

”I continue to enjoy teaching at SSE and I always feel really happy when I’ve taught a class, there so this has a positive impact on my life in general.”

” Volunteering gives structure and purpose to my week and is motivating”

” The most rewarding about volunteering at Stirling School of English is friendships formed, trust and a widening of horizons.”

”The students can be so appreciative. It’s nice when you feel that they have improved with your help”

”It is interesting learning about the culture of other countries and meeting new people, especially young people”

Inspired by this year’s theme, Time to Celebrate, our volunteers celebrated by having a meal together at The Mediterranea Restaurant in Stirling on 5th June. Our students wrote thank you messages for them, too. Here’s some: 

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Our Volunteers are the backbone of our school and we are extremely grateful for their work and support.

Here’s to the Volunteers’ Week 2019! 

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