There is great satisfaction in helping someone to keep their job, or obtain work when the literacy barrier once seemed impossible. Many students in colleges do well with the hands-on course component but their literacy prevents them from succeeding. Tutors take pride in supporting 'their' student and turn their life around. Of course this has the flow-on effect of reading to children, helping with schoolwork and giving the next generation greater opportunities.
Read Write Now is looking for volunteers to support adult learners who want to improve their reading, writing, basic numeracy and/or IT skills. Our students come from all walks of life and thus we need tutors from all walks of life. No prior teaching experience is needed as tutors participate in a stimulating and enjoyable training program and receive ongoing training and support from the Program*. Your relationship with your student is what matters most so we look for tutors who are good communicators, non-judgmental, not 'set in their ways', have good literacy skills to share and are willing to work in a two-way learning partnership.
Due to the majority of our students being over 25 years of age, we prefer tutors who are 22 and older. Feedback from students tells us that having a tutor older than them with some life experience assists them to look beyond short-term goals and see wider opportunities in their own lives.
*We do ask that volunteers have the basic IT skills to undertake a combination of online and face-to-face training and that those skills will enable you, if necessary, to work online with a student.