Volunteer

Become a Tutor

Tutors tell us that they receive as much benefit as they give. To begin with, they feel a great sense of satisfaction from doing their part to ensure that essential skills and knowledge are transferred to their fellow workers and citizens. They also appreciate opportunities to acquire new skills and competencies in adult education through on-going professional development offered by Project Literacy. Finally, many report that they learn as much from their students as they teach them. The “lessons” are embedded in human stories, stories that demonstrate the depth of human desire and compassion, stories that weave a strong fabric of community cohesion.

During this last fiscal year we have found that the caliber of our tutors fortunately continues to improve steadily – matching increasingly complex learner needs. Our community of tutors is comprised of university students, teachers, professionals, trades people, and retired persons. Many have ESL training and experience.

All of our tutors receive a day-long orientation and training session. To ensure a quality experience we train a maximum of 15 tutors per session. Our tutor training sessions are held approximately six times a year. Our Education Coordinators provide on-going monitoring, support, and professional development to tutors to ensure they have the necessary tools to help learners achieve their personal, career, academic or vocational goals.

tutor training Deepi Carlos

You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.” – Winston Churchill

 

Project Literacy tutors are enthusiastic, empathetic, and patient volunteers with a sense of commitment towards their work and other people. They have good communication skills, a strong academic background and the ability to be flexible in responding to individual learner needs.

Steps to Becoming a Project Literacy Tutor:

1. Call our office at 250 762 2163 and make an appointment for an interview.

2. Bring your resume and the email address of three references with you to the interview.

3. You will be given an access code to provide information for an on-line criminal record check.

4. Once the reference and criminal record checks are complete, you’ll be invited to our next tutor training session.  These run from 9am to 3pm on a Saturday.

5. Once you have completed your training, you will be ready to be matched with a learner.

Our community will be richer because of your generous sharing of your time and talent.

If you would like to become a tutor and volunteer at Project Literacy your first step is to contact us to arrange for an interview and to find out when we will hold our next tutor training session!