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  • Writer's pictureNatasha at Jacari

Alumni Memories Album

Over the last 18 months, we’ve been reconnecting with Jacari’s former volunteers and asking them to share their memories of volunteering with Jacari. It’s been wonderful to hear your stories and gain an insight into Jacari at different stages of our history.

The memories and stories you have shared have been collated into an online album, which takes you through each decade of Jacari's history and includes information about Jacari’s history and items from our archive. It starts in the late 1950s when Jacari was established as a student society at the University of Oxford with the aim to tackle racial intolerance and discrimination, and the 1960s, a time of great political activism and the start of Jacari's immigrant teaching scheme, taking you right through to the present day.

There are some common threads linking your memories - leaving the university bubble; discovering parts of the city that you wouldn’t normally visit; the hospitality of local families and the amazing food you were treated to; and the long term relationships you formed with the family.

For all of us here at Jacari, it’s inspiring to read these stories and reflect on the value of our tutoring programme over the years.

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