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Volunteers play a HUGE role in the Story Island Project; they are at the heart of our workshops with young people. We aim to have a volunteer for each one or two young people in our workshops. That way, young people can get valuable individual attention and encouragement – that’s when the storytelling magic really happens!

Volunteer recruitment 2019

In 2019, we are looking for enthusiastic volunteer tutors to work with young people in weekly storytelling workshops that we’re running at two schools in Hobart’s northern suburbs, on Thursdays in Term 2 (May–June) and Tuesdays in Term 3 (July–September). You can volunteer as a tutor for one or both of these workshops, at one or both of these schools!

Workshop 1: Sense in Nonsense
Thursdays, Term 2 (2 May–27 June)
Bowen Road Primary School: 9.30am–11am
Moonah Primary School: 11.30am–12.50pm

Workshop 2: A Trunk Full of Stories
Tuesdays, Term 3 (23 July–24 September)
Bowen Road Primary School: 9.30am–11am
Moonah Primary School: 11.30am–12.50pm

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To be a great volunteer, you just need a love of the English language and a commitment to share the spark of creativity with young people. Trained storytellers plan and lead our workshop sessions. We give our volunteers a free training session for volunteers before your first workshop. Please note that we require all volunteers to have a current Working With Vulnerable People card.

Click here to sign up as a volunteer tutor, or see below for some frequently asked questions about volunteering with the Story Island Project. Feel free to contact us if you have any other questions.

Frequently asked questions about volunteering with Story Island

What is involved in volunteering in workshops?

Our volunteer tutors work alongside young people in our workshops, giving one-on-one support and encouragement to help young people with their writing. Workshops cover a wide range of areas, but all focus on creative writing. As a volunteer tutor, you may work with young people on narrative fiction, poetry, a script, a radio podcast, a short film, memoir, letter, comic strip, or any number of creative projects.

Workshops are either one-offs or, much more often, a series that runs for 6–10 weeks through a school term. When signing up for a workshop series, we ask volunteers to sign up for the full series so you can work with the same students each week across the whole project.

Apart from workshop volunteers, we also need volunteers to assist with illustration/graphic design, web design, typing up students’ writing and other administrative tasks. When you sign up, please indicate if you have any other relevant skills that we could use!

Do I need to have teaching experience to be a volunteer tutor?

Not at all! Our volunteers come from a range of professional backgrounds. To be a great volunteer, you just need a love of the English language and a commitment to share the spark of creativity with young people. Trained storytellers plan and lead our workshop sessions; volunteers are there to offer individual support and encouragement to young people.

We give all Story Island volunteers a training/orientation session before their first workshop, and require all volunteers to have a current Working with Vulnerable People Card.

Where and when do workshops happen?

Most workshops take place in schools and community centres on weekdays between 9am–3pm. We sometimes run weekend workshops; however, these are limited.

I’d like to volunteer, but I have more questions!

Not sure if you’re a good match for us? Feel free to get in touch with us with any questions or concerns you might have about the volunteer roles, training process or anything at all! Lynne, our Volunteer Manager, is happy to chat to prospective volunteers.

I’m in! Sign me up!

Wonderful! We can’t wait for you to join us. Just fill in our registration form; you’ll soon receive an email letting you know the next available training session dates, after which you’ll be eligible to volunteer at any of our workshops.