Volunteers in the Australian Refugee Association Youth Programs provide tutoring and mentoring support and engage with youth in various activities. The support provided may include practice of speaking English, support with studies and social support in adjusting to mainstream schooling and settlement in Australian society. Programs include Homework Clubs at various locations and Youth Hang Out located at Salisbury or Marion. Programs run during school term only and volunteers may work with different young people each week. All programs have a facilitator present and no teaching experience is necessary.
Assist with high school homework and assignments at Homework Clubs Provide guidance with Australian school and social life Engage with youth through a variety of activities at the Youth Hang Out Assist youth to develop life skills, improve their individual capacity and well-being
Volunteers can benefit from the satisfaction of helping refugee children gain skills needed to thrive in their new home, and the opportunity gain an increased awareness and understanding about other cultures and the refugee experience. Volunteers have the opportunity to develop personal skills and confidence, to increase their community engagement, and gain a better understanding of the refugee and community services sector. Regular training opportunities are provided.
Role Requirement: Genuine interest in and ability to relate to youth Open to communicating with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds. Patient, understanding and respectful of varied cultural attitudes and expectations Complete application form, can be downloaded from ARA website Attend ARA Volunteer Orientation session Attend Youth Programs induction session DHS Working With Children Clearance (available free for volunteers) Complete Child Safe Environments training (available free for volunteers) *Reference check prior to becoming an active volunteer