Glen Eira U3A depends upon volunteers for everything and, in particular, members who are prepared to undertake classes as volunteer tutors. Without volunteer tutors there would be no Glen Eira U3A.
WHAT DO TUTORS OFFER?
Although we do not require or expect tutors to have an academic background, they mostly have an interest in a particular subject or an expertise in an area which may stimulate interest from our members. Our tutors are:
- Able to engage retirees with a special interest which could be a language, art, history, computers, games and exercise or current affairs.
- Members who have some experience in their area of personal interest and an ability to pass on their knowledge.
- Able to communicate ideas and have an interest in people.
- Passionate to share knowledge and in some cases learn from other members.
A formal qualification is not important; what is important is that you have an interest that you are prepared to share with others. Although our members are retired that does not mean they no longer want to learn and expand their knowledge. Our classes run from February to late November with a two week semester break mid-year. Classes can be either weekly, fortnightly and, in some cases, monthly and generally run for one and a half hours. Classes can either be for the full year or offered as a short course over a few weeks. The length of time a subject runs for is determined by the tutor and in consultation with the Course Co-ordinator. Most classes are held at our Glen Huntly facility where all usual classroom aids are provided. We also have access to Council-owned premises.
There are many ways to offer to tutor a course. The first step can be as easy as speaking to our front desk during office hours. A member of the committee is generally on duty every day and is available to hear your idea.