4th March 2021

Student volunteers deliver a virtual World Book Day

Want to get involved in community volunteering? Here's how this group of students delivered World Book Day to local primary schools online this week, and how you can start your own community project.

A group of student volunteers from Sheffield University helped to deliver a virtual World Book Day 2021 in local Sheffield primary schools this week.

Students involved in the project recorded videos of themselves reading their favourite children’s books in different languages. The volunteers hoped to introduce children to a variety of languages, while also providing teachers with activities to go alongside the videos to help this year’s World Book Day (Thursday 4 March) happen online. The languages spoken by students included Romanian, Croatian, Dutch, Chinese, Polish, Spanish, Urdu, Portuguese and German, and the books were a mixture of translated fairytales and folk-tales.

Paulina, a student volunteer involved in the project, said: “I really enjoyed being a part of the project because I was able to share some of my Dutch language and culture with children in British schools. It not only allowed me to tap back into my roots, but it also reminded me of the fact that storytelling is a universal language which we can all learn from and have fun with.”

Rebecca, also a student volunteer involved, said: “I think the project was a great opportunity to provide young people with exposure to potentially unfamiliar languages in a fun, familiar and engaging way. It was really enjoyable to be a part of and it’ll hopefully be enjoyable for the children who watch our videos too!”

Sheffield Volunteering empowers you to make an impact in our city through community volunteering like this World Book Day project. If you’ve got a project you want to kickstart, or you want to volunteer as part of a project that’s already running, you can get involved.


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