Become a Tutor
Throughout our 30 years of operation, hundreds of dedicated members of our community have stepped forward to volunteer as tutors to ensure that literacy assistance is available to all adults who require it. The commitment of these men and women provides the foundation of sustainability upon which PLKS operates. They are our front-line workers, the backbone of this organization, without which we would fade away. At any given time we have more than 100 active tutor-learner matches.
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.
“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!