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 group of individuals – 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. LiT volunteers participate in every activity their buddy does: imagine an afternoon spent learning about and creating a chemical reaction simulating a volcano, a group activity of flash math-letes, creating a veggie skeleton for a snack, and learning about the life cycle of a butterfly. You will always have guidance and support from an experienced Team Leader and Assistant Team Leader, and will be placed on a team consisting of many other student volunteers. 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 3:30pm to 5:00pm, one night per week. The program runs for eight weeks, from early January to the end of March, excluding University students reading week and the elementary schools March break. The program is designed to fit the university students' schedule, ending well before final exams. Volunteers are committing to ALL eight weeks of the program. The only acceptable excuses for missing a session are serious personal illness, immediate-family bereavement, or approved religious conflicts.
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.