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Routes into Languages Ambassador Application

Language Ambassador Application

Role Description:
Capital L Routes into Languages (RiL) Language Ambassadors are university students who provide information and motivation to school/college students, offering them insights into the world of language learning in higher education, and encouraging them to begin, or continue pursuing study in a foreign language. Ambassadors serve as role models to the young people they work with, and as such, we particularly welcome applications from those who have attended British state schools, and those who are the first generation in their family to attend university.

Ambassadors usually work in schools, colleges or universities. The work may involve one-off sessions or longer programmes that demand a continued commitment. Please see the following list of duties and responsibilities for more details.

For assistance with the application process, we recommend you contact your university’s careers service, who will be happy to help.

Duties and Responsibilities:
As a Routes into Languages Language Ambassador, you will be expected to:
  • Provide support for RiL events. Duties include campus educational activities, delivering talks and running workshops at schools.
  • Deliver RiL presentations at schools/colleges. Presentation topics might include: studying languages at university; languages and culture workshops.
  • Contribute to activities delivered by RiL and related widening participation activities that aim to raise the aspirations of young people and their parents.
  • Contribute to the development and production of RiL-related publicity/marketing information (print and web-based) to raise the profile of the Programme. This may include taking part in photo shoots, contributing to the range of student profiles for use in publicity material, etc.
  • Assist with administration duties and other office-based duties, including event organisation, data entry and maintaining mailing lists, as appropriate.
Contribute to such other relevant duties and activities as may be identified by the Project Officer.  

Person Specification:
To be a Routes into Languages Language Ambassador, you must: 
  • Be an undergraduate or postgraduate student at one of Capital L's partner universities. 
  • Have knowledge of life as an undergraduate in the UK. 
  • Have experience of learning or teaching languages apart from English. 
  • Be capable of enthusing others about language learning and the benefits it can bring. 
  • Be an active team player, great at thinking on your feet and using your initiative. 
  • Have experience of working with young people. 
  • Have experience of the British state sector education system. 
  • Effective time-management skills and the ability to prioritise your workload
  • Punctuality and reliability
  • Positivity and the ability to be encouraging about the opportunities open to young people and adults, either at work or university
  • Ability to demonstrate an understanding of the issues and challenges faced at school and university, particularly those faced by pupils/students from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds. 
  • Ability to provide pupils with the benefits of your relevant experience of life, school, university and work
  • Be capable of enthusing others about language learning and the benefits it can bring. 
  • Demonstrating and understanding of equality and diversity and willingness to show commitment to promoting equality of opportunity in all aspects of your work.
​​​​​​​Desirable qualities: 
  • Experience of working with young people

Deadline: Midnight Sunday 13th October 2019