Volunteer tutoring - TAFE Queensland

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Volunteer tutoring

Individual volunteers

You could make a life changing difference to someone by volunteering to tutor them in English. Tutoring helps some students learn practical English skills for basic day-to-day activities, while more advanced students focus on preparation for work or further education.

We need tutors to assist our:

  • migrant and refugee students
  • adult literacy students
  • Indigenous students
  • youth

No experience necessary

You don't need to be a teacher or have previous experience in tutoring to work with our students. We are looking for people who have a desire to help their community and meet the following requirements:

  • aged 18 years of age or over and hold permanent Australian residency
  • have a good level of written and spoken English
  • a successful criminal history clearance
  • are prepared to complete free tutor training with TAFE Queensland
  • are able to commit to the program for 12 months.

You will be carefully matched with your student. Consideration is given to gender, common interests, children and location when matching tutors and students.

Flexible hours and locations

One-on-one tutors and students normally meet at the student's house but you can choose other venues such as shopping centres, cafes or libraries. Times are flexible too. You can tutor whenever it's mutually convenient for you and your student; during the week, after hours, or on the weekend.

Free training

You will be given free training (online and face-to-face) to help you perform your role. The volunteer tutor coordinator in your region will explain the training requirements to you. Your training will make you eligible to tutor students in a classroom setting or one-on-one and will cover:

  • language, literacy and numeracy learning
  • cultural awareness
  • basic principles of communicative language teaching.

You will receive a statement of participation upon completion of your training; however the course will not provide you with a formal qualification to apply for work in Australia or overseas.

Register your interest

If you would like to find out more about volunteering as a home tutor, please contact us by emailing volunteertutor@tafe.qld.edu.au or call (07) 3244 5488 during business hours.

If emailing us please include:

  • your name
  • your suburb
  • your email address and phone number
  • the suburbs you can travel to for tutoring

Community group volunteers

The Home Tutor Scheme Enhancement Program (HTSEP) provides free tutor training for volunteers from community groups running English classes, conversation classes, or homework clubs.

The HTSEP helps to support the English language learning needs of migrants and refugees who are not eligible for the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) or who have used all their allocated hours in the program.

Funding for free training through the HTSEP is capped. A limited number of online and face-to-face short, non-accredited courses are offered each year.

For information about upcoming courses or to join the wait list please contact the TELLS Volunteer Tutor Coordinator on volunteertutor@tafe.qld.edu.au or call (07) 3244 5488 during business hours.