Jacari is an innovative charity that matches up student volunteers with disadvantaged children aged 6-16 who don’t speak English as their first language (EAL) and are struggling at school. Our student volunteers spend a minimum of an hour a week helping a child in the areas in which they are struggling, from basic language help, to complex structuring and mentoring. We also organise enrichment events for Jacari pupils so they can enjoy opportunities in Bristol which they might not otherwise have access to.
What does the role invole?
As a volunteer tutor with Jacari Bristol, you will be matched with a pupil who speaks English as an additional language and who is struggling at school. After attending our training session, you will spend an hour a week helping your pupil in the areas in which they are struggling. This might mean reading with them, helping them with their homework, playing games with them, or just having a chat and helping to build their confidence.
As well as your weekly tutoring, you'll also have the opportunity to come on our fun trips, to places like Bristol Zoo, giving you and your tutee the opportunity to get to know each other and practise speaking English in a relaxed, informal enviroment.
Where and when?
Lessons usually take place in the child's home, which gives our volunteers the unique opportunity to get to know the pupil's family and build a lasting relationship with them. It also means that lessons can happen on a day and at a time that suits both you and the pupil's family, meaning it's really flexible. However, sometimes lessons happen in the child's school on set days: these tend to be on Wednesdays from 3:30 - 4:30. Tutoring in school has the advantage that you're working with a team of other tutors, so can join forces and share ideas and activities, making it a fun, sociable thing to do!
Who should sign up?
We provide training and a DBS check for all our volunteer tutors, so you don't need any teaching experience or particular skills. All you need is enthusiasm, the desire to make a difference to a child's life, a little patience and creativity, plus be able to commit to teach once a week during term time for at least a year.
We also ask that you have a proficient level of English (IELTS 7.5 or higher), so if English isn't your first language, please get in touch to check if we think it's a suitable role for you.
If you like the sound of this, please go to our website - www.jacari.org - and complete our online application form. We'll then send you more details about our upcoming training sessions.
Minimum commitment level: Once a week
Start Date: 09-02-2020