COMMON is a volunteer project that helps refugees from different countries learn foreign languages.
We help Ukrainian refugees learn languages of the countries where they had to move because of the war with Russia.
We work with volunteer teachers who are willing to teach the language for free for several hours a week. Some of our teachers are professionals in their field, and some are native speakers who want to learn how to teach. Our team of methodologists supports them through workshops, prepared teachers’ guides and additional learning materials.
All of our classes are held oline and free of charge, we work individually or in groups of up to 5 people. We form groups depending on the level of knowledge and goals of students. We want to make sure that our classes help not only learn the basics of the language but also quickly navigate in a crisis situation, e.g. provide our students with the vocabulary needed to prepare for employment or university admission.
We are from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, and we are standing against the war in Ukraine. We strive to ensure that our team becomes more international and will be happy to host volunteers from other countries as well.
There are 11 people in our core team: developers, designers, illustrators, methodologists, and coordinators. We are all working remotely, scattered across the UK, Republic of Ireland, Germany, Georgia and Russia.
We receive huge support from volunteers, who help us form study groups and work with the core team on various design and communications tasks. If you want to become our volunteer, feel free to fill out this form (in Russian).
Our entire team is currently working for free. We are registered as an NGO in Georgia. Unfortunately, so far you can only support us if you have a bank account in Georgia. At the moment we only use fundraising to pay for the services that we use for work. We also plan to employ at least some of our volunteers soon, primarily those who are engaged in the coordination of study groups.