Become a Volunteer Tutor!
Our dedicated volunteers tutor children who struggle with reading. The work is fun and very rewarding! We provide thorough training and ongoing support to all our volunteer tutors. This is a tremendous opportunity to truly make a difference in a child’s confidence and chance of succeeding academically and in life.
For our students, these are invaluable opportunities to practice reading and writing in an environment where it is okay to take risks, make mistakes and learn at their own pace. Many of our students would not receive extra help without the assistance of ONE TO ONE tutors.
“What a difference it makes to have these wonderful volunteers come into the room. The students’ eyes light up, as they often have multiple academic struggles. They feel a sense that they’ve escaped some overwhelming challenge to go have fun reading! The sessions are a real highlight in their week.” (Classroom Teacher)
Share your love of reading and open the world of books to a child!
“My highlight is that special moment when you see that everything has clicked, a light goes on and my student is now reading, sounding out words on their own and that smile that covers their entire little face!” (Volunteer Tutor)
The relationship between tutor and student is a special one. It is best nurtured when our tutors can commit to the following:
Be available one morning (9am-12pm) or afternoon (1pm-3pm) each week during school hours. Though we can accommodate occasional absences (you have a life, we get that!), we do need our volunteers to commit to a consistent schedule.
Be available for the duration of the school year. Our program generally kicks off in October and wraps up in June.
Our tutors must be at least 18 years of age and proficient in English. We welcome volunteers with varying physical abilities, though please note that our volunteers are expected to retrieve students from their classroom and write notes on student’s progress.
Most important of all though, you need to love reading, and love children! We’ll help you with the rest.
We’ll support you in your role in a number of ways, specifically:
- You’ll attend a comprehensive training session, designed and created by our in-house experts, packed with techniques, tips and tricks that will ensure you are well prepared for your first tutoring session.
- You’ll receive an orientation at your assigned school.
- You’ll have a ONE TO ONE Liaison assigned to you, whose job it is to help you be as effective and supported as you can be.
- You’ll have the opportunity to attend additional training sessions throughout the year, and opportunities to meet your peers.
The ONE TO ONE program works in collaboration with the Vancouver School Board, the North Vancouver School District, the Burnaby School District and the Richmond School District. We provide programs in English and French in over 95 elementary schools. We will do our best to place you in a school of your choice (if you have one), or certainly in your preferred geographic area.
Check out our FAQs
How do I sign up?
We make it easy. Just follow the three steps in the left column, under How to Volunteer. Step 1 – complete an online application form. Step 2 – complete an online criminal record check application. Step 3 – register for an upcoming training session. You do not need to wait for one step to be completed before starting another!
What if I will be away and will miss some of my scheduled tutoring sessions?
We’ll do our best to find a replacement, or the student will skip that session. We understand that some events in life need to take priority over volunteer commitments. As long as you can keep a consistent schedule most of the time, that’s perfectly fine with us!
What if I have more time available and want to take on more than one shift?
We’d be thrilled to assign you another school or another shift at the same school.
I have no tutoring or teaching experience. Am I qualified?
If you love children and love reading, you’re fully qualified to join us. We’ll make sure you have all the tools and training you need. Please note, our tutors must be at least 18 years of age and proficient in English. Volunteers must commit to a regular, weekly shift of 2 or 3 hours from approximately October to June. We welcome volunteers with varying physical abilities, though our volunteers are expected to meet students in their classroom and write notes on student’s progress.
I had a criminal record check done last year for another non-profit. Do I still need to undertake a new check?
As long as it’s not over 1 year old, you can choose to simply share your existing criminal record check. There is an option for you to do that on the Ministry of Justice website.
What if I am unable to submit a request for criminal record check online?
Please read our detailed instructions for completing a criminal records check as we have offered some tips to help you be successful with the process. If you are still not able to submit the request online, you can bring a piece of government issued photo identification with you to a training session and fill out a paper form. We will check your ID and submit the form for you.
Still have questions?
Volunteer In Another Capacity
As a small, grassroots organization, we are always looking for volunteers to help in many capacities. If you can’t commit to becoming a volunteer tutor, perhaps you have skills you can bring in another capacity, such as office administration, marketing & communications, volunteer recruitment, community events or fund development.
To volunteer in another capacity, please complete the online application form below and let us know how you would like to help. Or, if you prefer, you can download, print, and complete the General Volunteer Application Form. Please forward your completed form to our office by scanning and emailing to email@example.com.
Volunteer as a Member
Membership in the ONE TO ONE Literacy Society is free and there is no commitment, just interest in our mission. You will receive our regular communications and have the opportunity to attend our Annual General Meeting.
To become a member, please download, print, and complete the Membership Application. Please forward your completed form to our office by scanning and emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org.