Like most, you’re probably wondering just what you might be getting yourself into….
What are you committing to?
The experience for each volunteer is unique, but here are some FAQs to help you get a feel for what you might expect.
- What is the time commitment?
This depends on the amount of time that the EIR volunteer and teacher has available. On average, EIRs visit the class once per month to facilitate an activity, do a presentation or support STEM learning in some other way. EIRs should expect to commit 2-4 hours per month for in-class visits, prep and planning time.
- What activities should I do?
The first thing we tell new volunteers is that this program is NOT about the activities. It’s about creating a positive engineering EXPERIENCE. Ok, now that we’ve said that….rest assured that we’ve got you covered when it comes to activity ideas! Anything you pick from our program guide will be great. Or, come up with something all your own!
- What is the process?
Easy! First up, just fill out an online application to become an EIR. Applications are open until May 31st! Then, someone from our team will reach out to you to schedule a quick interview (this could take a few weeks, so be patient). And finally, we will send an email introducing you to the teacher we’ve matched you with. The email will tell you what the next steps are (like how to register for our summer training webinars!), and provide you with the contact information you need to initiate a conversation with your teacher.
What other questions to you have for us about the volunteer experience?
Visit EIR.ca to learn more about the Engineer in Residence program.