The Sudanese Australian Integrated Learning Program was founded in 2001 as part of a vision to assist members of Australia’s Sudanese community through language tuition. SAIL has grown and changed with the needs of the community and today it focuses heavily on educational support and mentoring, as well as promoting social inclusion and supporting young members of the Sudanese community as they rise into positions of leadership.
SAIL usually runs for an hour and a half on Saturday mornings throughout the year. As an entirely volunteer-run organisation, its survival and ability to achieve its goals relies on the time, energy and initiative of its volunteers.
Being a SAIL volunteer:
While SAIL is committed to educational support, it is not required for volunteers to have educational backgrounds or experience with children. SAIL always seeks a diverse range of volunteers and will attempt to support new volunteers with guidance, training and resources.
Instead, the best qualities for prospective volunteers are enthusiasm and consistency as well as a willingness to learn and improve their skills outside normal SAIL hours. Above all, a SAIL volunteer is not a casual position or an intermittent commitment; the educational support and programs that SAIL provides are dependent on consistent, dedicated volunteers who are willing to make their time at SAIL a priority on Saturday mornings.
If you would like more information about volunteering at SAIL, please refer to the Tutor page or our Frequently Asked Questions.
To be a SAIL volunteer, you must:
- Be 16 years old or above (to tutor you must be above 18 years old);
- Be willing to undertake a Working With Children Check and understand SAIL’s Child Protection Policy;
- Be available on Saturday mornings;
- Speak fluent English.
To join SAIL as a volunteer, please follow these three steps:
1. Read about Sudan, Refugees and SAIL.
2. Choose the SAIL campus of your choice from the list below.
3. Sign up for an informal induction tour at your campus of choice by clicking on the campus name below:
Sunshine – currently in need of volunteers, especially those who can drive students to SAIL!
Wyndham – in urgent need of volunteers. Please note that we may be able to arrange car-pooling for you to get to this campus.
Dandenong Robinson – currently in need of volunteers, especially those who can drive students to SAIL!
Perth – currently in need of Kitchen Hand.
Child Protection Statement: The SAIL Program is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people accessing our service. We support the rights of the child and will act without hesitation to ensure a child-safe environment is maintained at all times. All volunteers are subject to a rigorous screening process.
SAIL has a comprehensive Child Protection Policy. All SAIL volunteers and visitors should be familiar with this. Please read the policy here: Child Protection Policy – updated Feb 2015