The trinidad Guardian / In T&T today, anyone interested in volunteering has quite a number of causes and organisations to choose from. Organised volunteering has certainly grown over the years with people young and old getting involved in giving back to community on a consistent basis. Volunteering with Alta is a commitment and could be a long process if you’re interested in becoming a tutor but the rewards are surely worth the investment. If you’re thinking about volunteering with Alta but not too sure of the benefits, here are three benefits current Alta volunteers enjoy.
1) Learn or develop a new skill
If you have a particular interest in education, teaching, learning or literacy, Alta is the place for you. Whether you are a seasoned teacher or have never entered a classroom, volunteering with Alta gives you the opportunity to learn and develop new skills. Before entering the Alta classroom, you’re given the opportunity to observe Alta teaching methods at a venue close to you and then you’re trained by expert facilitators and trainers during Alta’s annual Tutor Training Course.
Alta tutors will tell you that the intensive training period is extremely rewarding. You are given thorough training in teaching methods, classroom delivery and team teaching. These are skills which will last a lifetime and which you can use with your own children. When you begin teaching, you will gain further skills in time management, patience and creativity which will benefit you in your personal and professional life. At the end of the academic year you are certified as a trained adult literacy tutor.
Many of the skills you learn as a volunteer can also come in handy at your workplace and make you a more dynamic and holistic person.
2) Community building
When you volunteer with Alta, not only are you giving back to the national community by improving the national literacy rate, you may be assisting an entire family in your community. Sharing the skills of reading and writing with someone who may have children in their care can change the quality of life for an entire family.
Many of the social ills which scourge T&T can be removed if people were more invested in building community. We depend on each other for survival and so we should try to help each other in whatever way we can. If you have the opportunity to build your community and improve the society in which we live, why not help?
Volunteering helps you to have a positive impact on another life. By working with Alta, you will be returning to society some of the benefits that society gives you.
3) Networking and socialising
Dedicating some of your time to a worthy cause is a good way to meet new people on a professional and personal level. Alta classes ensure that you are able to spend time with other like-minded people and make meaningful connections. Many volunteer tutors have found lasting friendships in Alta; friendships with co-tutors, facilitators, staff and students. Once you contact Alta and sign up to be a tutor, after your interview, you will have the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life. You will interact with students and Alta tutors during your class visits and observations and meet other prospective tutors during the training sessions. Imagine that you can do all this while making a difference!