Teach Outreach is a program run by the School of Education at the University of Newcastle. Community partnerships between the University and local schools, early childhood centres and community groups are the basis for the work done by this program – providing the university partners with access to student volunteers, and enabling our students to gain real world experience through volunteering opportunities.
The program is a fine example of university-community engagement in practice. When a school or community group proposes an activity to the University that requires student volunteers, Teach Outreach promotes the activity to Bachelor of Education students who then volunteer their services.
Teach Outreach provides benefits to the community groups, schools and the UoN students involved. For the schools and community groups, Teach Outreach allows them to easily find eager volunteers to help deliver their targeted activities. The students benefit from this involvement as they enhance both their professional knowledge and skills within their area of study.
This reciprocal benefit has resulted in a positive response to the program from both community groups and students.
“Every week when I volunteer, I feel I’m becoming a better teacher,” former volunteer Coralie Vernon says. “It’s a wonderful way to contribute to the community I study in whilst deepening my experience as a teacher.”
“Hamilton Public School Homework Centre Coordinator, Lauren Mills says, “It is great to have skilled volunteers that can really make a difference in the school children’s educational experience and show a real interest in their development.”
For more information on the Teach Outreach program, or to seek student volunteers for your own community-based program, visit their website.