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Las Cuevas Beach Facility
Company (TDC) wishes to advise
the public that the Las Cuevas
Beach Facility will be closed to the
public during the hours of 7 am to
1 pm on Friday 16th January, 2015
to facilitate a private function.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Many times we’ve heard the saying,
“The journey of a thousand miles
begins with a single step.” When it
comes to literacy there are no truer
words equally applicable to students
Last week as Reading, It’s Life detailed
the process of becoming a tutor volun-
teer, we left out some of the very impor-
tant reasons why each step is necessary
to advance further along that journey.
Here are the answers to some of our
most frequently asked questions about
Alta’s screening process:
• Why must I call/write and
Communication is a key ingredient
in any lasting relationship, and Alta wel-
comes volunteers by ensuring the lines
of communication are always open.
Apart from having a keen interest in
the time volunteers are willing to give,
we are interested in knowing how our
volunteers regard their commitment to
those we serve.
Supporting Alta’s mission may not
necessarily involve volunteer hours, but
when it does, these hours must be avail-
able to give, as our students depend on
us to be there for them along the journey
to becoming literate. This is another
reason why we discourage phone calls
to volunteer a friend or staff member,
whether as a tutor or student, without
their knowledge or consent.
Face-to-face interviews help build
your relationship with Alta, and our
tutor and student family. Communicate
your intentions honestly and clearly at
this point and you may find your time
as a volunteer to be a long and rewarding
journey with smiles and great support
along the way.
• Why must I attend eight sessions
as an observer?
There used to be a show in the 80s
called Eight is Enough and although it
is no magic number, eight is enough
when it comes to seeing almost all the
things that will comprise life as an Alta
volunteer tutor. A class session in the
Alta programme lasts for two hours,
twice a week.
Volunteers are asked to select a venue
where they would like to conduct their
class visits or “observation” which must
now be incorporated into their everyday
life. This in itself is a tell-tale indicator
of the time commitment for tutor vol-
unteers. Class sizes may vary at a venue
so in most cases the name “observer”
is anything but an onlooker.
Take the opportunity to participate,
and don’t be surprised if students get
into the habit of calling you Sir or Miss
and ask when you’re coming back. If
there is the realisation, at this point,
that you’ve found your calling then it’s
time to get in gear for the rigours of
Starting out on the right foot
•Why do volunteers at-
tend training but do
not get a certificate?
Alta is able to train 100
volunteers every year and
certify them as adult lit-
eracy tutors only after
they have satisfied the
requirements of a struc-
tured practicum entailing
their volunteer hours.
Teaching is a practice
and with every practice,
there needs to be a prac-
tical component to the
theory that was studied.
Volunteer teaching at
Alta gives a trained tutor
150 contact hours of prac-
tical teaching experience,
under the guidance of a
class co-ordinator and
experienced tutor. It is
not enough that the train-
ing course provides a
forum for volunteers to
model teaching methods,
but the true test of appli-
cation occurs when a vol-
unteer is able to stand in
front of a classroom to
deliver what was learnt.
For their volunteer serv-
ice, tutors will then be
awarded with a graded
does not give awards sim-
ply for attending its
Alta needs volunteers to teach at classes across Trinidad
for academic year Sept 2015–June 2016. Volunteer tutors
must have Grade 1 or 2 in English and be able to commit
to teach for an academic year. Call 624-ALTA (2582)/
653-4656/ 664-2582 to schedule an interview. Find us on
Facebook: ALTA Trinidad.
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