- Location: Meadowbank NSW
- Commitment: Regular - more than 6 months
- Category: Education & Training
One hour per week for 6 months. Locations all over NSW
- Families with Children
- Online & Remote Volunteers
- People with disability
- Skilled Volunteers
- Wheelchair Access
Type of work
- Companionship & Social Support
- Education & Training
- Tutoring & Coaching
Volunteer Tutors will be trained using an online resource 'A Course in Volunteer English Language Tutoring.' (approximately 15 hours of training) The course is divided into 3 sections: Being a Volunteer Tutor, Language Skills and Your Student.
- National Police Certificate *
- Working with Children Check *
You will need a Working With Children Check to have your application processed.
* May be arranged via the Organisation. Details to be provided on expression of interest.
ADULT MIGRANT ENGLISH PROGRAM (AMEP) The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) was established in 1948 and was legislated under the Immigration (Education) Act 1971. The AMEP is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training. It provides up to 510 hours of English language tuition for eligible new, adult migrants and refugees to help them learn foundation English language and settlement skills. The AMEP has important links with other Australian Government and state programs and services. For example, the Humanitarian Settlement Services (HSS) program assists refugees with early, practical settlement into the Australian community. TAFE NSW works with other stakeholders to assist AMEP students to settle in the community. The AMEP is not a mandatory program. TAFE NSW plays an important role in promoting the value of the program to students and the community. The program supports the development of knowledge and skills that significantly improves the lives of students by providing pathways to greater social participation, employment, further study and training.
VOLUNTEER TUTOR SCHEME (VTS) The Volunteer Tutor Scheme is a program in which volunteers provide English language tuition and practice for 1-2 hours per week to migrants and refugees who are eligible for the AMEP. The one-to-one lessons can be at the students’ homes or in other suitable locations such as libraries. TAFE NSW recruits, trains and matches tutors to students.
Training to be an AMEP Volunteer Tutor Volunteer Tutors will be trained using an online resource A Course in Volunteer English Language Tutoring. The training course is designed to be the equivalent of a minimum of 15 hours face to face. The course is divided into 3 sections: Being a Volunteer Tutor, Language Skills and Your Student. There are tasks to develop tutors’ cross-cultural awareness. Quizzes are also included in each component with answers provided to help you review what is covered. Course content also guide tutors in assisting students with their settlement needs.
VOLUNTEER TUTOR SESSIONS AMEP students are entitled to 1 hour per week of Volunteer Tutor Scheme support as part of their AMEP entitlement. Students on refugee visas can have up to 2 hours per week of Volunteer Tutor Scheme support as part of their Settlement Preparatory Plan (SPP) hours. SPP hours are in addition to the 510 hours students receive in the AMEP. The additional SPP hours are in recognition that these students have had difficult pre-migration experiences such as torture and trauma and may need a longer period of learning to benefit from the program. SPP hours are used at the beginning of the students’ AMEP. Volunteer Tutors will be advised whether their student is an AMEP or SPP student. Volunteer Tutors are required to report when a session has taken place with a student. To simplify the process, tutors will receive an email at the beginning of the week. Tutors are only required to report when a session starts and when it finishes. Tutors can also make up for any missed session if they can reschedule with the student in the following week. Tutors can reply on the day of their session or at the end of that week. All session times are negotiated between the Volunteer Tutor and the student.
ONGOING TRAINING AND SUPPORT The Volunteer Tutor Scheme Coordinator will support volunteer tutors through regular communication and providing training updates. Tutors will also be encouraged to communicate with AMEP teachers if their student is receiving either face-to-face classroom or distance learning tuition. TAFE values all volunteer tutors’ contribution to the program, we will continue to assist and support you with your work as a Volunteer Tutor. We also invite you to join our private Volunteer Tutor Facebook group where you will also receive ongoing information. This community group will also be a place to share tips and contact with other Volunteer Tutors.
BENEFITS OF BEING A VOLUNTEER TUTOR People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. For some people it gives them the opportunity to give something back to the community or to make a difference to the people in their community. For others volunteering provides an opportunity to develop new skills or enhance their existing knowledge and experience. When you choose to become a volunteer you will be: • Making a positive and personal contribution to the community • Gaining rewarding cross-cultural experiences and skills in tutoring • Joining a community group of Volunteer Tutors to communicate with and share experiences • Interacting socially with new people • Attending social functions for Volunteer Home Tutors
We look forward to welcoming you to our team!