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AMEP Volunteer Tutor Program
What is the AMEP Volunteer Tutor Program?
The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) is available to eligible migrants and refugees to learn foundation English language and settlement skills, enabling them to participate socially and economically within Australian society.
The AMEP Volunteer Tutor Program is a sub-program of the AMEP. It offers informal language tuition for newly arrived migrants and refugees which is provided by trained volunteers, on a one-to-one basis, outside the classroom environment and in students' homes.
Why become an AMEP Volunteer Tutor?
People become a volunteer for a variety of reasons, such as:
- it is a great opportunity to get to know other cultures while helping students settle into their new life in Australia;
- it is a chance to give something back to the community or to make a difference to the people in their community;
- it is an opportunity to develop new skills or enhance existing knowledge and experience.
How much time do I need to dedicate?
AMEP Volunteer Tutors are welcome to spend as much time as they require with their student. However, when volunteers join the program they make a six month commitment to meet with their student for at least one hour per week.
The AMEP Volunteer Tutor Program sessions are:
- one hour per week for AMEP students;
- two hours per week for refugees during their Special Preparatory Program (SPP) hours. 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; and
- negotiated between the AMEP Volunteer Tutor and the student; with the flexibility to reschedule sessions when required.
What experience do I need?
As an AMEP Volunteer Tutor you will receive comprehensive training – no previous teaching experience is required.
TAFE NSW AMEP Volunteer Tutors also receive:
- free training via A Course in Volunteer English Language Tutoring, which includes tasks to develop cross-cultural awareness and tasks to assist students with their settlement needs;
- skills training for one-on-one tutoring;
- ongoing support from the AMEP Volunteer Tutor Program Coordinator;
- a monthly newsletter
- job satisfaction; and
- an opportunity to make a difference in someone's life.
What support resources are available for volunteers?
TAFE NSW values all AMEP Volunteer Tutors' contribution to the program, and we will continue to assist and support you with your work as a volunteer Tutor.
The AMEP Volunteer Tutor Program Coordinator supports Volunteer Tutors via regular communication and training updates. Volunteer Tutors are encouraged to communicate with AMEP teachers if their student is receiving either face-to-face classroom or distance learning tuition.
Both AMEP Volunteer Tutors and AMEP students can access online interactive resources, such as Living in Australia and World Wide English, which also has an accompanying application that Volunteer Tutors may find particularly useful for their sessions.
In addition, there are free resources available on the Department of Education and Training page.
We also invite you to join our private Volunteer Tutor Facebook group where you will receive ongoing information. This community group will also be a place to engage with other Volunteer Tutors, sharing tips and volunteering experiences in the AMEP.