Volunteer role

We assist high school students with completing their homework and improving their literacy, numeracy, exam preparation and study skills. We assist students to develop life skills as well as academic 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.

A minimum of 2-3 hours per week for at least 6 months is required. It is important that tutors attend regularly in order to build relationships with students. 


Individual Tutoring and Online Tutoring

It is up to you and your student to arrange a time to meet after school or on the weekend. For individual tutoring, this is to be at the local public library. For online tutoring, please visit our Online Tutoring page for more information. The minimum time required is 1-2 hours per week.

Homework Clubs

Generally, homework clubs run between 3:30 pm and 5 pm, once per week. This varies between clubs.   


In-School Tutoring 

Tutoring sessions are held during school hours (between 8:50 am and 3:30 pm). Each session is approximately 1-2 hours.

Time 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.


In particular, we look for people who demonstrate:

  • Good communication skills and English language skills

  • The ability to competently tutor high school subjects 

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

  • A commitment to remaining with Embrace Education for at least 6 months and to regular attendance

  • Maturity, empathy, interpersonal skills, patience, professional conduct, and organisational skills

  • The ability to guide and mentor VCE students in their transition into University or future studies.

Volunteer requirements

As part of our commitment to ensuring the safety of our services, all volunteers must attend an interview, be in possession of a current (volunteer or employee) Working With Children Check and attend training before starting tutoring. We also require our tutors to abide by our Terms and Conditions of Engagement and to uphold the values of our organisation.


For more information about Working With Children Checks, and to apply, please go to

What we offer volunteers

Embrace Education gives you an opportunity to make a positive contribution to your local community. Through our programs you will be able to significantly enhance the education and lives of disadvantaged students.


Tutoring opportunities

Through volunteering with Embrace Education, our tutors:​

  • broaden their knowledge and experiences

  • enhance their 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


Social opportunities

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

  • morning teas

  • picnics

  • board games nights

  • trivia nights

  • pizza parties 


Training opportunities

We offer a range of training sessions. These sessions are intended to develop our volunteers' tutoring and professional skills.


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