Scheme aids tutors and pupils

RETIRED teachers prepared to travel to the outback are being sought by a scheme to help isolated children.

Volunteers for Isolated Students Education (Vise) will hold an information luncheon at Coffs Harbour on February 22.

The VISE scheme matches up volunteers with families in areas as diverse as the Kimberley, Cape York and outback New South Wales, on vast cattle properties, in small mining towns and in Aboriginal communities.

In exchange for six weeks of their time and teaching skills, volunteers receive accommodation and full board from the requesting family; transport to the area and, many experienced volunteers say, a further education for themselves.

VISE administrator Mike Stocks said often the six weeks was as enriching for the tutor as it was valuable for the host family, with tutors experiencing a way of life far removed from their own.

The scheme has no paid staff and Mr Stocks calculated the volunteers contributed more than $3 million in unpaid teaching time every year.

Further information and registration at or phone Leslie 66521710

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