Information for Volunteers

Who can become a tutor?

Almost anyone can be an IkamvaYouth tutor. Typically, our tutors:

  • Are students or graduates of tertiary institutions
  • Are proficient in speaking and writing English
  • Have a good grasp of the subject they're tutoring

We strongly encourage ex-learners to become tutors and pay-forward the support they received when they were learners.

How can I become a tutor?

The more volunteers we have, the more individual attention each learner receives. If you would like to become an ikamvanite, please fill out this volunteer application form and sign the volunteers' code of conduct.

You'll be added to the tutors email list for your local branch and receive weekly reminders about the upcoming tutoring sessions. Please let the volunteer coordinator know when you're available and whether or not you require transport.

What can I expect?

You do not need to prepare anything, as learners bring the work with which they need help. The tutoring groups are self-organising: Learners will organise their own groups according to grade, subject and content. When you arrive, you should indicate what subject you're tutoring, and find a group that needs help with that subject. If there are large groups and enough tutors, these groups should be divided into smaller groups with as low learner: tutor ratios as possible. Tutoring occurs in small groups, and your job is to facilitate discussion and try get each learner to engage and discuss the work they've brought to the session.

IkamvaYouth's tutors are not teachers, and are not expected to know everything or be able to respond to every question. Our tutoring sessions model problem-solving behaviour, and it's important that we say when we don't know something (this is something we're teaching our learners to do, so it's important that we do it ourselves). The tutoring environment is informal and collaborative, and you can simply ask for the assistance of a more experienced or knowledgeable tutor as needed.

It's important that as tutors we do not provide learners with the answers or 'spoon-feed' them. Please read these tips for volunteers. Our job is to get learners to think for themselves, and practice reading, understanding, writing/calculating and speaking. Ensure learners take out their paper and pens and take notes. Get each learner in the group to read the questions and explain to the other learners in the group. Ask each learner write their responses to questions and then correct each one individually – it's a good way to promote text-based learning and to track each learner's understanding. If you'd like to be paired with a more experienced tutor on your first day, please inform the volunteer coordinator.

There is usually transport provided from those campuses where we have enough tutors to fill a minibus. Alternatively, you can use your own or public transport and be reimbursed for the costs.

What is expected of IkamvaYouth tutors?

While committed tutors who attend regularly make the most impact in the academic and personal development of our learners, we also welcome anyone who'd like to join us for the day.

Please read the code of conduct which every tutor is held to from their first day of tutoring at IkamvaYouth.

When and where are tutoring sessions held?

Ikamvanites are tutoring learners from township schools in the Western Cape, Kwa-Zulu Natal and Gauteng.

In the Western Cape:  

Nazeema Isaacs Library, Makhaza, Khayelitsha

Homework sessions:
Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, 3-5pm

Tutoring sessions:
Saturday mornings, 9:30 – 12:30
Weekday mornings during June/July holidays

Zolani Centre, Nyanga

Homework sessions:
Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, 3-5pm

Tutoring sessions:
Saturday mornings, 9:30 – 12:30
Weekday mornings during June/July holidays

Masiphumelele Library, Masiphumelele

Homework sessions:
Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, 3-5pm

Tutoring sessions:
Saturday mornings, 9:30 – 12:30
Weekday mornings during June/July holidays

Kuyasa Library

Homework sessions:
Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, 3:30 -5:30pm; Fridays 2:00- 4:00pm

Tutoring sessions:
Saturday mornings, 9:00 – 12:30
Weekday mornings during June/July holidays

Gugulethu Comprehensive

Homework sessions:
Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, 3-5pm; Fridays 1:00 - 5:00pm

Tutoring sessions:
Saturday mornings, 9:00 – 12:00
Weekday mornings during June/July holidays

Proteus Secondary School, Atlantis

Opening in June
   
In Kwa-Zulu Natal:  

Mayville Secondary School, Cato Manor

Homework sessions:
Thursday afternoons, 3-5pm

Tutoring sessions:
Saturday afternoons, 2-5pm
Weekday mornings during June/July and December holidays

In Gauteng:  

Siyakhula Centre, Ebony Park

Tutoring sessions:
Saturday mornings, 9:15 – 12:45am
Weekday mornings during June/July holiday

What training will I receive?

IkamvaYouth usually holds one tutor training session in February, and another in early July preceding the winter holiday programme. The training covers best practice for tutoring, the theory of peer-to-peer learning and practical advice for subject-specific tutoring approaches.

Please read the tutor training handout which includes some of the information covered in these sessions.

Is there an opportunity to teach rather than tutor?

IkamvaYouth is primarily a tutoring (and not teaching) organisation. The reason for this is that our model is based on learners taking responsibility for their own learning, identifying the aspects of their work with which they need help, and ensuring that they seek support to fill in the self-identified gaps in their knowledge / understanding. While there are textbooks, worksheets, part-exam papers and exemplars available, it is important that the learners choose the material for the tutoring sessions.

However, sometimes there is a need for teaching. For example, to address fundamentals with which many learners are struggling, or to cover particularly difficult aspects of the curriculum.

If you are able to provide extra classes for key subjects, please inform the branch director. We often hold classes for grade 10s on Saturdays and for other grades during afternoons in the week. There are also teaching opportunities during the holiday programmes.

How can I get more involved in the organisational management?

IkamvaYouth is a by-youth, for-youth organisation. Each branch aims to be run by its learners and volunteers. The best way to become involved in the organisational management of your branch is to indicate on the volunteer registration form that you would like to join the branchcom email list and attend bi-weekly branchcom meetings, which are usually held for an hour before or after tutoring (depending on the branch).