Becoming a Volunteer
Please note :
Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Literacy Victoria! Here’s how to get involved:
Step 1: View Literacy Victoria’s online Information Session.
This information session gives an overview of our various programs and the many options for volunteering. Watching our online Information Session is mandatory. Be sure to watch for the video password. You will need this to complete your application form.
If after watching the online Information Session you want to pursue volunteering at Literacy Victoria (LV) please complete the following steps:
Step 2: Complete application process by:
- Completing and submitting the online Volunteer Application Form.
- Providing two letters of reference.
Step 3: Attend a Volunteer Intake Interview with LV staff.
After the online application form is completed and submitted, appointments for the Volunteer Intake Interview can be booked by calling 250-381-3755 or by email. Staff ask applicants to show a piece of photo ID at this meeting.
Step 4: Provide LV with current Criminal Record Check (within the last three months).
Literacy Victoria provides volunteer applicants with a Criminal Record Check (CRC) request letter to take to their local police or RCMP station. With this letter, the CRC is free of charge. Obtain this letter at LV for the Volunteer Intake Interview.
Step 5: Attend Core Tutor Training.
After successful completion of the Intake Interview, we invite applicants to participate in the Core Tutor Training. We hold trainings approximately every 6 weeks and are typically on a Saturday from 9am to 4pm. The date of the next training is on Literacy Victoria’s Calendar.
Step 6: Participate in Program-Specific Training.
In addition to the Core Training, specific programs (Computer Lab, Learners’ Network, Outreach) provide specialized training or orientation. The training and orientation varies according to the program’s specific needs.
Step 7: Attend Placement Interview.
After the completion of all training, volunteer applicants meet with the Coordinator of the program they wish to volunteer In to discuss their role within the program and/or learner-tutor match options. Following this meeting LV places the tutor on the active tutor list and seeks out a suitable match.
Step 8: Start tutoring/volunteering.
New tutors can start tutoring as soon as a match is made!
Step 9: Participate in tutor/volunteer in-service trainings and support.
Literacy Victoria provides ongoing training and support for all tutors. We encourage tutors to actively participate in in-service training or seek individual support from their program coordinator. Suggestions from tutors for additional training, support or resources are appreciated!