Literacy

Our literacy volunteers support newcomers, First Nations, Inuit and Métis students learning English as an additional language; read aloud to children to enhance early literacy skills; and help children and youth learn to read.

Science / Math / Technology

Math, science and technology studies are very challenging for some students. If you enjoy these subjects, you can share your interest and knowledge with students to help them succeed and understand how important these courses are now and in the future.

Languages

Physiological studies have found that speaking two or more languages is a great asset to the cognitive process. Our volunteers support students in Early or Middle French Immersion programs, as well as students learning Spanish in Ottawa high schools.

The Arts & Clubs

Participation in the arts is associated with gains in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, and verbal skills. The arts can also improve motivation, concentration, confidence, teamwork, and support the development of important life and social skills.

Nutrition

The Ottawa School Breakfast Program provides a nutritious breakfast to 13,500 students in 189 schools every morning. Student nutrition programs rely on the support of responsible, caring individuals that share our commitment to ensuring students start each day, well-nourished and ready to learn.

Sports

There are many reasons to volunteer in schools assisting in sports – volunteers make sport happen and create the next generation of sporting stars. Kids who are active in school sports are fitter, have healthier body weights, are more confident and have improved social skills. By assisting trained coaches and teachers, you'll also be helping make sport happen!

Special Education

Every student deserves the opportunity to learn and to reach his or her full potential. Every student should have the chance to learn in a school environment that is welcoming, equitable, inclusive and respectful. Our volunteers ensure this by working one-to-one, or in small groups, with students of differing abilities.

General Support

The Ottawa Volunteers in Education (OVIE) program is always looking for volunteers to provide general classroom support to teachers in various grade levels.

Mentorship

Mentors encourage and support students with an aim to help the students develop new skills, build self-confidence and engage in positive peer-to-peer games and activities.

Entrepreneurship & Financial Literacy

Volunteers teach JA curriculum and lead students through interactive learning activities, while sharing personal work-related experiences and knowledge. You can boost your company’s profile, develop your leadership and communication skills, and have a great deal of fun.

Music / Band / Choir

Research has found that learning music facilitates learning other subjects and enhances skills that children inevitably use in other areas. Volunteers help by assisting teachers with bands, orchestras, choirs and music clubs. OVIE also recruits and screens voluneers for the Heart of the City Piano program that provides a way for members of the community to share their love of music with children who otherwise would not have the opportunity to learn to play piano. Volunteer piano teachers meet weekly with students and attend a year end concert to see their students perform.