Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer with Us!

U School volunteer shifts are now open!  We have openings for Classroom MentorsInterviewees and, new this year, Photography Guides.  

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If you are interested in presenting, please contact Mel Woloszyn, our U School Program Lead (Acting).

Cathy Zoleta - A U School Volunteer Story

U School has three types of volunteer opportunities for people who are part of the University of Alberta community. The first is as a classroom mentor, the second is as a presenter and new this year are our interviewees. All volunteers must be have a direct connection to UAlberta.  They can be undergraduate students, graduate students, post doctoral fellows, staff, faculty or alumni.  Please contact us if you have questions about volunteer requirements.

We invite all volunteers to attend the class's wrap up pizza lunch on the Friday of the week the volunteer has participated. Volunteering also gets you invited to the U School Convocation Celebration where all the classes come together to celebrate their experience and receive their U School certificate. The celebration is like a mini convocation ceremony.

Classroom Mentor

Sketching in HUB Mall

These volunteers are the back bone of U School. This is an opportunity for people from the university community to interact with the students in large groups, small groups and individually. We want the students to meet and get to know as many people as possible from the U of A and learn more about our institution and what it has to offer them and our community.

What will you do?

Your role is to  

  • work with the students in small groups
  • help students with small group activities
  • help students with their journaling or sketching (this may be giving ideas or even scribing for some children who need it)
  • take groups from one activity site to another and help makre sure we keeping the visiting students together when we are moving around campus
  • be a role model for U School students 
  • be friendly and get to know the students and let them get to know you
  • tell the U School students about your experience at the U of A 

We are looking for diverse group of volunteers who do many different things on campus. Our goal is for the students to be able to see themselves on campus and it helps when they someone who looks like them. We ask for people to volunteer for at least one half day commitment (9:30 – 12:00 pm or 12:00 - 2:30/2:45 pm). However, you are welcome to volunteer as many times as your schedule will allow.

Our registration websites (hosted through Eventbrite) allow you to select when you would like to volunteer and ask you to provide us with some basic information about yourself. You'll receive an automated confirmation right away. You do not need to print off any tickets to bring with you. Closer to your volunteering time, you'll receive an email with more details about what will be happening. If you have any questions, please contact us at uschool@ualberta.ca.

Presenters

Dr. Frank Robinson Presenting at U School

We need presenters on a wide range of topics based on the classroom teacher's theme and requests. It's very important with students in grades 4 to 9 that the presentations include a hands-on component and are interactive. They can handle just sitting and listening for about 20 minutes. Interspersing talking with activity is really good. Presentations run from 30 - 90 minutes depending on the activity. If you feel you need longer than 90 minutes, let us know why and we'll see if we can accommodate a longer sessions. Each week is tailored to the teacher and class.

Teachers like their students to have the opportunity to see as much of the campus as possible. If we can come to visit you where you work it enhances the experience. This isn't always possible an we do have classroom space in Triffo Hall where you can come to us.

If you are interested in being a presenter, please contact us and indicate what you would like to do a presentation on, what grades it would be appropriate for, whether we'd come to you or if you'd come to us and when you'd be available.

Looking for presenters

We are always looking for new presenters!  Our U School year runs mid September to mid April and we prefer topics to be related to Alberta Curriculum.  Some topics we're currently looking for are:

  • drama
  • music
  • medicine 
  • dentistry 
  • dance
  • math (especially where it ties to real life)
  • engineering
  • clothing and textiles
  • art (print making, sculpture, sketching, drawing, multi-media)
  • Iroquois confederacy
  • archeology
  • women's studies
  • Alberta's history

We are always open to your ideas for sessions.

Interviewees

To help students connect with the University of Alberta, we have created a one-hour session for student to interview people from our campus community.  They will ask you about what you are doing on campus, how you got to where you are today, why you came to the U of A and much, much more.  Then they will get to tell their classmates all about you.  

This is a great option for those looking to take part in U School but only have an hour at a time.  Interview sessions take place on Mondays and Tuesdays from 12:30-1:30pm for 2014-15

NEW!  Photography Guides

Each week, typically on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, U School students (grades 4-9) receive a lesson about art and photography in their U School classroom. Students learn about what art is, and fundamentals in artwork/photography such as composition, colour, and perspective. U School students then use digital cameras and are split into small groups with volunteers. The students and volunteers then spend approximately an hour together exploring campus through an artistic lens, taking photos that capture campus and elements of art from their perspective. Later in the afternoon, U School students get the change to do a photo editing session.

Our photography guise are a new role this year, and will involve doing exploration and photography sessions with U School students. This is an ongoing role with a limited number of positions available. Requirements for this unique position are as follows:

  • available Tuesdays OR Wednesdays from [9:30 or 10:00am] to [12:00pm]
  • committed to two separate 2-hour volunteer shifts each month for the duration of the fall 2017 semester
  • some experience, a high level of comfort, and a passion for working with school-aged children 
  • enthusiasm about art/photography/learning/exploration
  • high level of comfort navigating the U of A north campus
To fill out a photography guide interest form, click here.

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Our registration websites (hosted through Eventbrite) allow you to select when you would like to volunteer and ask you to provide us with some basic information about yourself. You'll receive an automated confirmation right away. You do not need to print off any tickets to bring with you. Closer to your volunteering time, you'll receive an email with more details about what will be happening. If you have any questions, please contact us at uschool@ualberta.ca.

Check out the timeline on our main page for which schools are coming to campus this school year.