LiT’s volunteers are undergraduate students currently enrolled at the University of Western Ontario. Though we are based out of the Faculty of Health Sciences, we encourage all students from all faculties to join our team! Since health is interdisciplinary by nature, we pride ourselves on having a diverse volunteer team that reflects that.
LiT volunteers are a dynamic bunch – we’re high energy, fun-loving students who enjoy working with and mentoring children. LiT is a great way to meet other students, connect with the London community, and to make a difference in the life of a child. It’s also a great way to have fun. LiT volunteers participate in every activity their buddy does: imagine an afternoon spent hula-hooping, reading Robert Munsch, painting, and making raisins dance using only science (and gingerale). And because you’ll be placed in a team with other mentors and buddies, you’ll always have guidance and support from an experienced Team Leader. For more information about how a typical LiT session might go, check out our What to Expect section.
LiT requires a time commitment of approximately an hour and a half to two hours per week from approximately 3:30 to 5:00 one night per week. The program runs for eight weeks, from early January to the end of March. Because the entire LiT team is comprised of students, the program is designed to fit your schedule. LiT ends well before final exams, and does not run on the week of Spring Break.
All LiT volunteers are required to complete an application, volunteer training, and a police background check before joining the team. Volunteers will hear about whether or not they have secured a place on the LiT team by early November. For more information about notification dates, check our calendar.