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Native Scientist
Ethnic minority and migrant pupils face multiple challenges when arriving to a new country and are two times more likely to underachieve in school than their non-migrant peers.Native Scientist is a non-profit organisation that connects migrant pupils with scientists to broaden pupils' horizons and promote scientific literacy and higher education. 

You will be acting as a role-model for pupils who speak English as an additional language. By talking about your studies/work in your mother tongue/heritage language, you'll be promoting the integrated learning of science and language, in an inspiring and interactive environment.

The current languages we'd be looking to find volunteers for are here. In London, the languages would be Arabic, Portuguese, Italian, Bengali, French, Spanish, Bemba (Hertfordshire/London), and Igbo. We also have Greek and Hindi in Reading. 


Showcase your field of study/work in an engaging way to pupils. Training is available. You will be joined by other 2 or 3 scientists.

Who will the volunteers be working with?
Native Scientist's founders and project managers, school teachers and pupils.
1-hour online group training plus optional 1-1 support via email, training canvas and/or meeting.

Time commitment

Each workshop lasts 90 minutes. To attend the training and prepare the content for the workshop, it's at least another 120 minutes. It's common that volunteer students/scientists dedicate a minimum of 4-5 hours.

This organisation is one of our community partner organisations.

Like all volunteer recruiters we work with, they have signed up to our service standards, agreeing to abide by our policy on partnership working to keep you safe and supported whilst you volunteer.

You’ll never be out of pocket for volunteering through us – with in-London travel expenses to and from your volunteering guaranteed.

In addition, the team here at Students’ Union UCL Volunteering Service is here to support you throughout your volunteering journey – you can get in touch with us at any time.