Volunteer Handbook

Practical Information

Must-know information for new volunteers: program rules, how to schedule sessions, getting in touch with students, etc

Working With Students

Tips on navigating cultural differences, giviing feedback, dealing with awkward silences, and more!

Session Materials

Activities, conversation topics, and general tips for successful sessions.

Volunteer Hours

All the information you need to get community service hours for your work with us

Practical Information

 

Program Rules: Before getting matched, you must read and sign our program rules here

Optional opportunity - Lead Group Practice Sessions: If you're looking for more volunteer hours, consider signing up to lead occasional group practice sessions. This is a totally optional opportunity in addition to your weekly one-on-one sessions with your assigned buddy.  At these sessions, each volunteer works through three 20-minute activities with a group of approximately 4-7 students. We provide the activities. 

 

This is NOT an every week commitment like your one-on-one sessions - you can do as many or as few sessions as you like, and you choose the times! Sessions usually happen morning/early afternoon US time on both weekdays and weekends. If you’re interested, you can leave your email here and we will email you when new sessions are scheduled. You can then decide if you'd like to sign up.

 

Optional opportunity - Volunteer Socials: Every few months, we schedule optional “Zoom parties” for our volunteers. At these events, volunteers chat, play games, and share their ENGin experiences. If you’re interested, please fill out the volunteer socials form. We will email you whenever a social is coming up. 

Training Videos:

Learn a bit about our mission, our history, and how your work with ENGin is helping change lives!​

If you're interested to read more about ENGin's story, check out the article here

All the details about getting matched, contacting your buddy, and setting up your first session. Here's are key links mentioned in the video:

This video explains what to do in your first session. See the session materials section below for discussion questions and icebreaker activities!

Working With Students

 

These videos are for both new and experienced volunteers and cover the most frequent issues that come up in ENGin sessions. Check them out - and then feel free to refer back to our summaries of each video before or during a session! 

 

Session Materials

 

Volunteer Hours

Here are the links to the documents mentioned in the video:

Please note: We will give community service hours for all session time and up to 1 hour of prep time per week. If you are tracking any prep time, please describe the specific preparation you did in your tracking document.