VOLUNTEER

Volunteer role

We assist high school students with completing their homework and improving their literacy, numeracy, exam preparation and study skills. We also hope to help our students in developing life skills by giving advice and answering questions about topics including pathways for further studies, university applications, and the work-life balance as a university student. Therefore, we encourage our tutors to see themselves as mentors who not only help students gain greater confidence in their studies but to also guide them for the future. 

The majority of the students that we support have refugee, recent migrant and/or low socioeconomic backgrounds.

We offer four programs which you can volunteer for. Clink the links below for more details:

A minimum of 1-2 hours per week (excluding travel) for at least two school terms is required. It is important that tutors attend regularly in order to build relationships with students. For Victorian school dates, please refer to: https://www.vic.gov.au/school-term-dates-and-holidays-victoria

Programs and level of commitment

Selection criteria for tutors

We seek passionate university students or recent graduates who are keen to support students from refugee, recent migrant and/or low socioeconomic backgrounds. Reflecting our focus on peer-to-peer tutoring and mentoring, we are seeking volunteers aged 18-30, preferably current university students or recent graduates. Tutors should be based in Victoria.

Embrace Education is committed to protecting the safety and well-being of children and young people. All applicants undergo a screening process and selected volunteers are required to attend training. We are also committed to the inclusivity and diversity of our organisation. We encourage applications from people of culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, as well as those who have lived experience of educational disadvantage.

 

In particular, we look for people who demonstrate:

  • Commitment to protecting the safety and well-being of children

  • Good communication and English language skills

  • Competence in tutoring a secondary school subject 

  • Tolerance, respect and a willingness to learn from peoples of diverse cultural, linguistic and religious backgrounds

  • Maturity, empathy, patience and good interpersonal skills

  • Ability to develop rapport with students while maintaining appropriate boundaries

  • Willingness and capacity to mentor students

  • Commitment to remaining with Embrace Education for at least two school terms

For a full position description, including requirements, role responsibilities and program details, refer to this document.

Application process

Prospective volunteers can apply online. As part of our commitment to ensuring the safety of all people participating in our programs, all volunteers must undergo a screening and induction process. This includes an interview and reference checks, providing proof of identity and proof of a valid Working With Children Check (volunteer or employee), and attending training. Successful applicants must also agree to our Terms and Conditions of Engagement and to upholding the values of our organisation. 

 

For more information about Working With Children Checks, and to apply, please go to www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au


For more information about child safety standards in Victoria, please go to https://ccyp.vic.gov.au/child-safe-standards/

What we offer volunteers

Embrace Education gives you an opportunity to make a positive contribution to your local community. Through our programs you can contribute to enhancing the education and lives of disadvantaged students.

 

Tutoring opportunities

  • Broaden your knowledge and experiences

  • Enhance your cultural and social awareness

  • Develop personal, interpersonal, leadership and cross-cultural skills

  • Gain experience in education and in a non-for-profit organisation 

  • Gain confidence in yourself

 

Social opportunities

​We provide opportunities to meet and socialise with other like minded Embrace Education tutors. We run events such as:​

  • Picnics

  • Board games nights

  • Trivia nights

  • Pizza parties 

 

Training opportunities

All volunteer tutors are required to participate in induction and training prior to commencing their role. In addition, we promote additional training opportunities for volunteers and provide extensive resources relating to topics such as tutoring skills, cultural safety, and supporting multilingual learners. These opportunities and resources are intended to develop our volunteers' tutoring and professional skills.

Enquiries

To enquire about our recruitment process, please contact our Recruitment and Training Officer:

Red Levy-Knoll at recruitment.monash@embrace-education.org or Alan Belchaz at recruitment.unimelb@embrace-education.org