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What you can offer

Volunteer tutors provide an invaluable source of learning for students, helping them learn practical English skills for day-to-day activities such as banking, shopping, filling out forms, making and attending medical appointments and participating in their new community. Tutors help advanced students focus on their preparation for work or further education.

Most volunteer tutors speak English during their sessions, however there is also a need for bilingual support. A familiarity with a shared language can provide an extra level of support in a student’s settlement journey.

Flexible hours and location

Students may request a volunteer tutor over face-to-face classes because they are elderly, pregnant, caring for a family member, working full-time or part-time, or because they live in a remote area.

We are currently looking for volunteers to work one on one with our students. While tutors and students normally meet in the classroom or at the student's house, you can choose other venues such as shopping centres, cafes, libraries or even online. Times are flexible too - you can tutor whenever it’s mutually convenient for you both - during the week, after hours, or on the weekend.

No experience necessary: all training provided

You don’t need to be a teacher or have previous experience in tutoring to volunteer - all training is provided. We have several online and face-to-face training sessions scheduled, please submit your expression of interest and our Volunteer Tutor Coordinator will get in contact with you.

You must meet the following criteria to be eligible:

  • Be aged 18 or over and legally entitled to work in Australia
  • Be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Pass a criminal history check
  • Be prepared to complete the free volunteer tutor training course with TAFE Queensland
  • Be able to commit to a minimum of one hour per week for up to 1 term.