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.
Generally, homework clubs run between 3:30 pm and 5 pm, once per week. This varies between clubs.
Tutoring sessions are held during school hours (between 8:50 am and 3:30 pm). Each session is approximately 1-2 hours.
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.
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.
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.
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
We provide opportunities to meet and socialise with other like minded Embrace Education tutors. We run events such as:
board games nights
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 one of our Recruitment and Training Officers: Clare Shu at or Kelsey Hayes at .