Compass Volunteer: Semester 1, 2001 - present
Homework Club - High School, Classroom Activity Facilitator
Masters of Teaching (Science) student at the University of Sydney
I am currently studying a Masters of Teaching in order to become a secondary science teacher, with a focus on those tricky subjects (Physics and Chemistry). I began my higher education at the University of New South Wales, where I studied Science and Engineering. During my time at UNSW, I volunteered with ASPIRE (UNSW's social inclusion program). I actually found out about the Compass program as a result of my work with ASPIRE!
So, when I began my Masters of Teaching at Sydney I sought out the Compass program, and have been a volunteer since then. I really enjoy visiting the schools and raising awareness of the opportunities higher education can provide. Not only do I find the experiences fun and rewarding, I also wanted more experience in school setting and to help out with the good work that compass does helping students!!
One of the most worthwhile and satisfying aspects of my volunteering work is seeing the confidence the students gain as a result of their newfound understanding. Compass fills a very important role in providing one-on-one help for students who may not be able to afford private tutoring.
The other volunteers are great fun, the staff at the school are super friendly, the kids are great too! And the sandwiches we had at volunteer training were the best sandwiches I've ever had!