You can make a difference
Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer tutor with the Partners program.
Many of our learners do not have the literacy skills to move forward in their lives. Many had a less than stellar school experience. If you decide to take part in this program, you are making a commitment to a learner who is counting on you. This is a huge responsibility and something to consider very seriously.
Partners is a one-to-one tutoring program for adults who struggle with reading, writing or math. This is not an ESL or English language learning program.
This page explains what we are looking for in a tutor and what you can expect from Partners. You can also contact us – we are happy to answer your questions.
What Qualifications Do I Need?
- 19 years of age
- fluent in English with excellent oral and written skills
- at least high school graduation or equivalent
- be comfortable with reading, writing, and numeracy to feel able to tutor
- comfortable and technologically able to take online/blended training using Zoom
- comfortable tutoring remotely, if needed
- willing to adapt and learn new processes or technologies, as needed
- able to pass a criminal record check
You do not have to have formal teaching or tutoring experience to apply.
What Qualities Are You Looking For?
- Positive attitude
- Sense of humour
- Able to set boundaries
- Able to build and sustain rapport with diverse groups of people
- Willing to be the guide on the side not the sage on the stage
How Do I Apply?
How to apply to be a volunteer tutor:
You must successfully complete the following steps to be accepted as a literacy tutor:
- Submit an application form to the Coordinator.
- Submit a resume to the Coordinator.
- Complete an English assessment.
- Have an interview with the Coordinator.
- Complete a criminal record search.
Once we have reviewed your application, we will contact you at the email provided and followup with you by asking for a resume.
Tutors Frequently Asked Questions
- It’s rewarding!
- Make a difference in someone's life.
- Learn new skills.
- Experience teamwork.
- Give back to the community.
- Meet and share ideas with other tutors.
- Gain experience and community hours.
Tutoring happens in a public space such as a library.
During COVID-19, tutoring is offered remotely. Tutors and learners connect using the platform of their choice (eg., Zoom, email, phone, Whatsapp, Skype, Facetime, or whatever works for them).
- are adults
- live or work in Surrey or White Rock
- are at or below a grade 8 level in reading, writing, math
- come from diverse backgrounds
- may have had challenging learning or life experiences
- Training is held each year in the fall
- During COVID-19, training is online using Zoom. There are ten 90-minute sessions.
- Post COVID-19, training is in-person. There are five 3-hour sessions.
Yes. We give tutors and learners learning materials. We also train tutors on where to find resources.
- Complete the 15-hour training.
- Meet with the learner for 1 to 2 hours per week.
- Spend about 1 to 3 hours per week planning your tutoring session.
- Commit to the program for 6 months.
- Attend regular in-service meetings/workshops.
- Be willing to travel within Surrey/White Rock to meet learner (post COVID)
- Communicate regularly with the Coordinator on learner progress, resources needed, and any concerns/questions you have.
- 15 hours of quality training.
- Ongoing training and learning opportunities.
- Help in identifying learner's learning style and short-term goals.
- Guidance and support in lesson planning, learning materials, tutoring.
- Help in finding a safe and secure place to work with a learner.
- Positive and constructive feedback.
- Flexibility around holidays
- Recognition from READ Surrey/White Rock Society.
We have a COVID-19 Safety Plan. All volunteer intakes, training, and tutoring are being done remotely. Given the uncertainties of COVID-19, volunteers will have to be flexible and open to change. At all times, volunteer and learner safety will come first.