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VoRTCS Family Tutor

Volunteer Checklist

Before registering to become a volunteer tutor and attending our training, have a look at the below ‘checklist’ and see if you:

  • Have good spoken and written English skills
  • Able to assist someone else with language skills
  • Reliable and enthusiastic
  • Can manage own transport to and from the family’s home
  • Prepared to commit to the VoRTCS child safety and risk management practices
  • Able to complete the VoRTCS training program (both sessions)
  • Work well in a team and individually
  • Over 16 years old and if under 18 you can attain parental consent to volunteer
  • Friendly and sensitive to refugee families
  • Able to tutor for one session a week for roughly 90 minutes at least 40 weeks per year
  • Can volunteer during suitable times – Monday to Friday after 4:30pm or any time on Saturday/Sunday (time adjustments can be negotiated on meeting your family and team)
  • Can commit to volunteering for a minimum of 12 months (this is vital)

Register Online for Training

To become a volunteer tutor you will need to attend our training where you will find out more about the program, learn tutoring skills and receive your ‘Tutor Manual’. There are two compulsory sessions (a Monday night and full day Saturday), with intakes running monthly.

In the first session, it is consider an ‘information session’ where you will gain an understanding of the program and hear from experienced volunteers who will share their stories and answer your questions. In the second session, you’ll learn more about the practice of tutoring, such as language teaching techniques, working with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities and working with children, including child safety and risk management strategies. You’ll also hear about how we match your volunteer team to a refugee family and when you can start tutoring!

To attend training, register online by clicking here and find out when our next training intake is on!