St Vincent de Paul — Mentor Program

Learning Partner/Mentor Volunteers Required


Clemente is a free university education program offered in partnership with Australian Catholic University (ACU). It aims to break the cycle of poverty, inequality and social injustice for disadvantaged and marginalised people by providing opportunities to engage in a meaningful way with society, both socially and economically, through access to university-level study.


Role of Volunteers in Clemente

The Clemente Learning Partner assists a student studying one university-level humanities subject each semester. Volunteers provide support, encouragement and study skill assistance to Clemente students.


Volunteers are utilised on campus in class and off campus directly with students.

  1. Off Campus mentors:  Learning Partners develop mentoring arrangements directly with students to assist in assignment presentation, clarification of lecture material and basic computing skills. Volunteers meet students in learning conducive public places (libraries, etc.) to support their learning, but arrangements for these meeting are flexible to suit mentor and students.  Usually the of-campus mentors meet with one or several student/s once a week (or as otherwise arranged) for between 1 to 2 hours per week for the 12 weeks semester.


  1. On campus mentors: Learning Partners assist students in the classroom environment and support teaching staff to engage students in classroom activities. Mentors must be available eitherFriday morning or afternoon (or both) during the 12 week semester.


Minimum commitment: 12 weeks (to coincide with University semesters, e.g. Feb to Jun, Jul to Dec).


Volunteer training provided at the beginning of each semester.

Key responsibilities

  • Provide a student with support, encouragement and study skills assistance (help with organisational skills, essay writing, internet searches, research and library use)
  • Assist the student to develop complementary skills required by the course. E.g.: presentation skills.
  • Pursue the above tasks in the context of a developing  professional relationship by engendering trust and building self-esteem

Skills and Knowledge

  • Computer literacy at a level to assist with internet research and formatting assignments
  • General research and library skills
  • Communication skills – written and verbal with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Mentoring skills in encouraging personal development of others
  • An ability to interact and deal sensitively with students from different backgrounds who may be dealing with ongoing issues including but not limited to homelessness, drug and alcohol addiction, mental health and other disabilities
  • An alignment with and empathy for people from all parts of the community
  • A Bachelors level university degree or nearing completion of current Bachelors studies


Personal attributes

  • High ethical standard, is trustworthy and confidential, works well individually and within a team
  • Consideration and respect for others and their views and adapts to changing environments
  • Enthusiastic, projects a positive image with good attention to detail, efficiency and effectiveness



A Bachelors level university degree or nearing completion of current Bachelors studies



If you are interested in volunteering, please email and we will be in contact with how to volunteer