Monday, 24 September 2012
Many American universities have required their students to give back to their local communities through volunteering as part of their studies, something I believe we could adopt in Australia.
Although volunteering is in no way compulsory at ECU, the benefits for our students who do take up volunteer opportunites are substantial.
It can add significant depth and breadth to your resumes, provide you with opportunities to make important contacts and allow you to make significant contributions to the lives of individuals and the wider community.
At ECU we have a number of volunteer opportunities that will enhance your learning experience.
Our Peer Tutoring@ECU program gives you the chance to tutor teachers and students at schools near the Joondalup and Mount Lawley Campuses.
The program is a great way for you to improve your communication and put your skills in to practice in a real-world environment.
In our Faculty of Business and Law, theCriminal Justice Review Project gives students studying criminology, law and forensic investigation the chance to volunteer their time to investigate cases of people who claim to be wrongfully convicted.
Students work on real cases and appeals under the supervision of ECU academics and criminal barristers.
Network Teach is a volunteer program for ECU teachers, providing peer-to-peer support to all pre-service teachers undertaking an ECU Bachelor of Education course.
Different faculties across ECU also offer peer mentoring programs for students, allowing those in their final years to volunteer their time to mentor and guide new students through their studies.
ECU is also involved in a number of fundraising events, including the Relay for Life. Held at the Joondalup Arena, the 24-hour relay style event raises much needed funds and awareness for cancer research, while also celebrating those who have lived through the disease.
This year, as in previous years, ECU staff and students volunteer their time to be part of the relay, making a difference to those affected by cancer within the local community.
Professor Kerry O. Cox *
* Professor Kerry Cox was Vice-Chancellor of Edith Cowan University from March 2006 to September 2014.