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Study Buddy Volunteer

CDETB Migrant Access Programme

About CDETB Migrant Access Programme

Youth and Education Service for Refugees and Migrants offers a range of education related services as well as outreach and youth services to separated children living in Dublin.

What's Involved

We are currently seeking tutors in Maths and Science Leaving Cert subjects only at this time.

Our Study Buddy Homework Club offers young migrant students a safe and supportive environment to study and to receive help with their school work. The young person typically brings in their homework or areas of work they need assistance with and the volunteers help them with their assignments as well as trying to help them understand the theories / concepts of the particular subject. Most students request help with specific subjects, while others need more general help with English across the curriculum. It is important to remember that volunteers are not expected to be teachers and ‘know everything’.

Here is some more practical information about our Homework Club:
- The students are generally aged between 15-21 years and come from a variety of migrant backgrounds.
- Some are asylum seekers or refugees, others are here through family re-unification programmes.
- All of the students who use our service do so of their own accord. They sign themselves up and as a result are extremely motivated.
- Our programme offers a safe and friendly environment for the young people to do their homework. It runs every Monday and Wednesday evening from 5.30-8.00pm. Within these times students work with a volunteer generally on a one-to-one basis for an hour or so. The study session is always supervised by a CDETB staff member.
- While we would hope to match volunteers with a student as soon as possible there can sometimes be delays in matching the students’ requests with the volunteers’ skills. Generally we receive more requests from students as the year progresses, especially after the Christmas exams. We recruit volunteers on-going throughout the school year.

All of our past ‘Study Buddies’ have found this to be a very positive and rewarding experience. It is a great opportunity to meet students from all over the world, and in the process get to know about their countries and culture.

We look forward to hearing from you.

What's required for this position

Knowledge of Junior/Leaving Cert level subject and an ability to explain the concepts. Interest in helping a young person foster a positive sense of self and get on in school. Ability to commit every week. Reliability, positive attitude, good communication skills.

  • Education/ Training
  • Personable Skills

Level of English required for this role:
Fluent English

Times and commitment required for this role


Minimum time commitment: 1 year

Hours required: 3hrs

Other Details

Location of volunteering opportunity:
10 minutes walk from O Connell Street, Dublin

Screening details for this role:

  • Garda Vetting
  • Informal Interviews
  • Application Form

Volunteers will be provided with the following supports:

  • Support/ advice/ recognition
  • Supervision
  • Initial induction and training
  • Insurance cover

Age restrictions:
Over 18

  • This opportunity is posted by:
  • Volunteer Centre: Dublin City
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