Volunteer Information

Volunteers bring valuable skills and experiences to the classroom and are a beloved facet of our team. ¡Vamos! Is seeking curious, engaged, and compassionate volunteers to serve as academic tutors, mentors and chaperones. The following is a description of opportunities prospective volunteers have participated in. Please note that our programming and volunteer opportunities have been modified in observance of local and state health guidelines for COVID-19.

Academic Tutoring

Academic Tutors are highly sought after and compose a dynamic team of UNCA academic volunteers. Academic Tutors assist students at Asheville High, Erwin High and Buncombe County Early College. Tutors can assist students with class homework and class projects, play a game in the classroom, or provide-one-on-one support. This is an excellent opportunity for volunteers who are interested in a long term commitment and who enjoy working in small groups. Time Commitment: 2 hours a week per for one semester at a high school campus or virtual classroom. 

College Chaperones

UNCA students are welcome to join our field trips to local colleges and universities. ¡Vamos! Students visit a number of colleges and universities across WNC to gain an in-person look at the different types of sites of higher education in our region. College Chaperones will join students for guided tours, meals, and check-ins. This is an excellent opportunity for volunteers who have extensive experience working with youth and who are comfortable with a fast paced environment. Time Commitment: dependent on distance to the college and itinerary for the day. Please check with the Program Coordinator for details. 

Support Staff

¡Vamos! Holds community events for youth and families on a periodic basis. Volunteers are sought to assist with set-up and set-down at the event and provide age appropriate childcare when needed. This is an excellent opportunity for folks who are interested in a one-time commitment or who are interested in community event planning. Time Commitment- dependent on the role and event, please see the Program Coordinator for details.

During this Fall 2020 semester, Vamos! activities will be modified to maintain safe distancing practices for high school students and UNCA students and staff. We will not be hosting college visits or community events until further notice.

Program Requirements

Volunteers are asked to complete and pass a background check through CastleBranch. This service is free of cost to volunteers. Please be sure to complete this background check as soon as possible. Failure to complete the background check on a timely basis will result in barring from ¡Vamos! activities until the process is complete.

Spanish language knowledge is helpful but not required to volunteer. We believe language access is important for community building and we will do our best to create a mutual learning environment for high school students and volunteers.

Please complete the following Volunteer Application here:

¡Vamos! Program Application

A note for Service Learning students:

We welcome students who are interested in completing their service learning commitment with ¡Vamos! In order to ensure our programming meets the class requirements and timeline we ask students to contact the program coordinator with enough notice early in the semester. 

Helpful Links for Volunteers:

The Essential Spanish Phrase Book for Teachers

Enriching Academic Vocabulary: Strategies for Teaching Tier Two Words to E.L.L. Students