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Volunteer opportunities

Volunteer opportunities for UOW pre⁠-⁠service teachers

We encourage our pre-service teachers to volunteer their time, in addition to formalised placement experiences.

Below is a list of volunteer opportunities for UOW pre-service teachers, submitted by schools and other education providers.

For information about a specific opportunity, please refer to the listed contact.


All volunteers must have a current Working With Children Check (WWCC) number.

UOWx record transcript

School of Education students who want any of these opportunities to count toward their UOWx record must complete the Taking up a volunteer opportunity form before they start.

Note: A supervisor at the venue must sign off on the volunteer hours through the Sonia placement system.

Get an opportunity listed

Schools and centres can provide information about a volunteer opportunity using the Volunteer Opportunities submission form.

Note: Last minute submissions will not be posted. Please allow at least 2-week’s warning for opportunities.

School or other venue enquiries

Amy Tsiorvas
Email: amalia​@uow.edu.au
Phone: (02) 4221 5275

Student enquiries

Professional Experience Unit
Email: pex-enquiries​@uow.edu.au
Phone: (02) 4239 2380

Current opportunities

Oppor­tunityLoca­tionApply before
Literacy and support Yarrawarrah Public School 11 December 2020
Homework hub mentoring CareSouth Berkeley 15 December 2020
After school tutoring PCYC Wollongong 18 December 2020

Literacy and support

Location: Yarrawarrah Public School

We have 11 classes, from Kindergarten to Year 6.

We will upskill you in MultiLit/MiniLit . You will be doing small group/one-on-one intervention.

There are also in class support opportunities to work with small groups of students with direct teacher guidance.

A current WWCC is required.

When: 9 November – 16 December 2020

Teaching area: Primary, Bachelor of Primary Education, Master of Teaching - Primary

Applications close: 11 December 2020

Contact: Kyleigh Nash
Phone: (02) 9520 0277
Email: yarrawarra-p.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Homework Hub mentoring

Location: CareSouth’s Berkeley office

The CareSouth Homework Hub:

  • Provides a safe, calm learning environment for students
  • Engages students in a positive mentoring relationship with UOW teaching student volunteers
  • Takes into account the learning needs of each child/young person and encourages volunteers to improve social skills and boost confidence through positive role modelling

The Program:

  • The Homework Hub runs each Tuesday at CareSouth’s Berkeley office (2 Matilda Way, Berkeley) from 3.30pm-5pm
  • Students read to Buster, a therapy dog. Studies have shown reading to therapy dogs not only improves literacy but helps with emotional regulation
  • Students work on homework sheets or assignments and use e-learning tools and apps. Often their only access to digital devices is in the Homework Hub.

The Benefits:

  • The aim of the Homework Hub is to build confidence and improve vulnerable young peoples’ prospects in pursuing education and employment pathways and achieving their hopes and dreams.
  • The volunteer program is mutually beneficial. Mentors in the Homework Hub work directly with vulnerable young people and learn how to support their learning, meet their needs and develop strategies, skills and resources which they can then take into future classrooms.

When: 3 March – 15 December 2020

Teaching area: Primary, Secondary

Applications close: 15 December 2020

Contact: Danielle Woolage
Phone: 0413 317 895
Email: danielle.woolage@caresouth.org.au


After School Tutoring

Location: PCYC Wollongong

Tutoring is a service offered at PCYC Wollongong after school on Mondays and Tuesdays, during the school term. As stated on the Wollongong PCYC website, the service aims to provide homework help and tutoring, which can be expensive or difficult for some families to provide. Tutoring is available for students from Kindergarten to Year 12 and can be tailored to the individual. The program is run by a group of volunteers with varying backgrounds. These volunteers include high school students, university students and other volunteers. Where possible, volunteer tutors are matched up with students based on the tutor’s knowledge/talents and the student’s needs.

In 2020, tutors will take on 1–2 students, depending on the needs of the students and the expertise of the tutors.

Tutoring can count towards your UOWx hours if you are a volunteer from UOW!



When: 21 January – 18 December 2020

Teaching area: Primary, Secondary

Applications close: 18 Dec 2020

Contact: Matthew Bourne
Phone: 0417 686 076
Email: mbourne@pcycnsw.org.au

Days and times:

  • Monday: 3:30pm – 4:30pm (Years K–6)
  • Monday: 4:30pm – 5:30pm (Years 7–12)
  • Tuesday: 3:30pm – 4:30pm (Years K–6)
  • Tuesday: 4:30pm – 5:30pm (Years 7–12)