Letter Writing # 256 - A museum is looking for people to do voluntary/unpaid work

IELTS Letter Writing / GT Writing Task 1:

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

A museum near your home is looking for people to do part-time voluntary/unpaid work. You would like to do some voluntary/unpaid work at the museum.

Write a letter to the museum director to apply for the voluntary/unpaid work.

In your letter,

  • explain why you want to do voluntary/unpaid work at the museum
  • describe some skills and qualities you have that would be useful
  • give details of when you would be available for work

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear Sir or Madam,


Model Answer:

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am writing this letter in response to a recent vacancy announcement at your museum in which you have asked for people to do part-time voluntary or unpaid work. I would like to work for your museum as a volunteer, and I am hoping that you would give me the opportunity.

I am interested in availing this great opportunity because I think that it would allow me to learn some great skills to have a better career in the future. Besides, it would also help me understand many important parts of my country’s history which I would probably never know otherwise.

Regarding my skills, I have good computer skill, and I also know how to work well in a team environment with other people. Besides, I have also taken an art history class in high school before to help me understand and appreciate the value of artworks. On top of that, I also live close to your museum which would really make it easy for me to commute. So, if you choose to hire me for this voluntary position, I will work hard to add value to your team.

I am available to work every day from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm except on Sunday, and if you decide to hire me, I can start right away.

I am hoping to hear a positive response from you.

Yours faithfully,

Joseph Myer

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Dear Sir or Madam,

I am writing in connection with a recent vacancy announcement for voluntary work at your museum. I am interested in getting the job and serve my position with dedication and hard work.

Currently, I am a student at Victoria University and pursuing my Master's degree in International Cultural Studies. In the past, I have worked at the Royal BC Museum in a voluntary position for toe months during my summer break in 2019. I have both the practical and academic skills which I believe exactly match with the position announced.

I have gained lots of new skills and knowledge about the operation and management of a museum. For instance, I have detailed knowledge about the aboriginal history in BC which I can put to use to explain visitors and answer questions they might have. Also, I am very creative and can bring new ideas to life which can add value to the museum.

I am looking forward to meeting you in person for a personal interview. If I am selected, I would be available to start working from the 10th of December 2020.

Yours faithfully,

Harpreet Singh