IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Volunteering

Here are the Speaking Part 2 questions that we covered in the past. Remember to practice your speaking by clicking, "Student Partner Speaking" in your My Student Account at https://www.gieltshelp.com/buy/ (Use code A8TW9 to get a 10% discount when you join the Premium Package).

PART 2

Talk about a time you did volunteer work.
You should say:
When was it?
What did you do?
Why did you decide to give your time for free?
How did you feel about it and would you do it again?
You will have one to two minutes to talk about this topic.
You will have one minute to prepare what you are going to say.

STEP 1 – Read the card carefully, paying special attention to the topic statement. Within this step identify the category that you will discuss and the tense.

TOPIC – Volunteering my time (Event – Time, Attendees, Reason, Activities, Outcome, (Your) Experience)

In the past – using past, present perfect, and past perfect

Why use the past perfect?

To talk about multiple actions that happened in the past and making clear which activity preceded the other.
I volunteered to do a community clean up in my neighborhood as I had been astonished by the amount of garbage in the parks and on the roads in my local area.

STEP 2 – Think of two to three good ideas and visualize them, choose the one that is original and easy to discuss.
Think of the three most common ways that people volunteer

Last February, a sense of altruism awoke within me.

Refugee – escapes their home country because of political or religious unrest/danger
Emigrant – leaves their country by choice for a different or better opportunity
Helping refugees learn the local language (volunteering to teach)
Helping terminally ill patients at a hospital (volunteering health)
Cleaning up an oil spill at the local beach (volunteering environment)
Distributing food, water, and clothes to the homeless (health)

#4

STEP 3 – Jot down usable notes (at least two words each – no more than three words each)
100 ppl

Feb 2020
6 hr/day
2 wks
Distribute food (not usable – b/c you will say this without notes) take an extra step “What food?”  chicken soup -> energy-rich and vitamin-rich
Boiled egg, cheese sandwich
Potato sabzi
Bottled water
Clean undergarments and shirt
Feeling warm
COVID pandemic
Gained experience
University application
Resume/CV builder
Self-satisfaction
Help 500pl

STEP 4 – Have your first sentence ready! Not just to sound fluent and maximize your response time BUT also, to align yourself specifically with the question and to give yourself a rolling start. (like in the Indi 500 vs Formula 1 racing)

Last February, I volunteered to distribute food to the needy in my local area with one hundred other volunteers as I had been moved by an advertisement I saw on T.V. about the increase in the number of homeless due to the COVID pandemic and its effects on employment. About a thousand people lost their jobs as a result of the lockdown and they were in need of sustenance, specifically, drinkable water, energy-rich food, and clothing. The other workers and I met at our local community hall at 8 in the morning and prepared over 500 care packages within the first two hours which included, a boiled egg, a chicken sandwich, an apple, and a bottle of water as well as some undergarments and clean t-shirts. We each went on a designated route around the city and gave the package to those in need. This went on for about two weeks and by the end of February and we had helped more than 10 thousand people. Each workday ended around three o’clock in the afternoon. (Check notes and questions).

Here are the Speaking Part 2 questions that we covered in the past. Remember to practice your speaking by clicking, "Student Partner Speaking" in your My Student Account at https://www.gieltshelp.com/buy/ (Use code A8TW9 to get a 10% discount when you join the Premium Package).

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