IELTS Writing Task 1 (General) - Model Answer

You have seen an advertisement asking for people to work as helpers at a summer holiday camp for children, where the children stay without their parents. You decided to apply to work at the camp.

Write a letter to the camp organizer. In your letter:

  • Suggest ways in which you can help

  • Say when you would be available

  • Ask some questions about the camp

Dear Sir/Madam

I am writing to apply for the position of camp helper, as advertised on the website and I enclose my CV for your perusal.

I am particularly interested in this particular position, as it states in the job description that you are looking for sporty individuals. I have been working in America for the past year as a soccer coach in a high school, therefore, as well as having soccer skills, I have gained valuable experience of working with adolescents. In addition to this, I am a qualified soccer referee, which would be useful for any camp soccer competitions that might be interested in holding.

I am available for an immediate start and have no other commitments throughout the summer months. I just have a couple of queries regarding accommodation:

Is this provided free of charge? If not, what is the cost per week?

Is it possible to have my own room with en-suite facilities?

Are all meals included? I am happy to cater for myself, if required.

I look forward to hearing from you and if you would like any further information from me, please do not hesitate to email on:

Yours faithfully

Henry Smithson

All of the parts highlighted in bold could probably be used for other formal letters that require you to apply for a job so these are worth learning.
Please note that in formal letters when you do not know the person's name, you start with 'Dear Sir/Madam' and finish with 'Yours faithfully'. If you use a person's name e.g. 'Dear Mrs Brown' then you would end it with 'Yours sincerely'.
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