NOTE: This topic is for IELTS General Training test ONLY. If you are taking the IELTS Academic training test then skip this lesson.

Okay... now that you know what to do for Task 1 lets look at how to do it. Here's a sample Task 1 for you. Attempt it on your own first then look at the answer structure provided along with useful phrases and vocabulary that you could use in your answer.

Submit your assignment

Good Luck!


IELTS General Writing Task 1

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You are staying in a country where the main language is English. You are looking for an opportunity to do volunteer work in a developing country.

Write a letter to the organization you want to work with and tell them:

  • Why you are interested in working with them
  • What skills and experience you have
  • How long you are available to volunteer

Write at least 150 words

Tips for structuring your Answer

Start your answer with:

Dear Sir/Madam,

State the reason for the letter:

I am writing to ask/ tell/ inform you that...

I am writing to ask/inquire...

I am writing with regard to...

Body of the Letter:

I would like to...

I have experience with...

I am available for...


Thanking you in advance for your help, I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Useful Phrases:

I'm Writing to enquire about...

I'm looking for....

I would like to know some information about...

I would be grateful if you could...

Could you please...

Useful Vocabulary:

Inquire or Enquire








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  1. Alpesh Kumar 6 years ago

    I have submitted task assignment for this task. Please check your dropbox. My id is

  2. Supriya Panga 5 years ago

    This letter is formal applying for work then why the starting example is given as
    Start your answer with:
    Dear (name),

    It should be Dear Sir/Madam, Please clarify

    • Author
      IELTS Online Practice 5 years ago

      Hi Supriya,

      Yes, you are correct. The letter should start with Dear Sir/Madam since you may not know the name of the person you are writing to.

      I have fixed it.


  3. Gurpreet Kaur 5 years ago

    Hi Atul,

    I submit my this assignment. Please provide me with your feedback asap. My id is

    Thank you

    • Author
      IELTS Online Practice 5 years ago

      Thanks Gurpreet!

      I receive automatic notifications when someone sends their tasks :)

      You will receive the feedback as soon as the corrections are done.

      Thanks for your patience.


  4. Anonymous 3 years ago

    Dear sir,madam.
    I’m writing a letter to inform you that I’m happy to be volunteer in your organisation.

    As i am well versed with my English knowledge and communication skills . I’m very good at counselling people and communicating their langauages to the English . I can be an good instructor to the people of developing countries.

    So I will be greatfull to you . If u provide me an opportunity to be an volunteer in developing countries and do the needful.

    Your faithfully
    Dr Pramod

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