How To Volunteer
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Art & Science in One at Cambridge School Volunteers (CSV)!
What is Art & Science in One?
Art & Science in One pairs volunteer mentors and elementary students for a hands-on, structured program in nature journaling. Meeting once a week during the spring, the Art & Science in One (AS1) program trains volunteers to help students develop basic science skills of observation and recording, through modeling these skills and working together as a two-person team in explorations of a local habitat. You can read more about the program on CSV’s web site.
How do I sign up?
Register here fon Eventbrite for a date and time to register in person at the CSV office, 459 Broadway, Cambridge. The Art & Science in One program coordinator will contact you in advance of that date for a brief phone interview and to answer any questions. After that, your in-person registration will take usually no more than 20 minutes.
What is the time commitment?
Volunteers commit to attending each of eight Friday sessions, beginning March 31st and ending June 2 (with an additional rain date). All sessions are two hours long and begin promptly at 11:30 a.m. and end at 1:30 p.m.
What about April School Vacation Week?
There will be no session on Good Friday (April 14, 2017), a school holiday; nor will there be a session on the Friday of April School Vacation Week (April 21, 2017).
Who are the students? Will I work with just one student?
The students in the program are all the students in an Upper Elementary (combined 4th- and 5th-grade) classroom at Cambridge’s public Tobin Montessori School. Each volunteer in the program is paired with a single student for the duration of the program. Consistent mentoring by one adult of the same student throughout the course of the program is integral to this program, as with most of our Cambridge School Volunteers programs.
Can I help if I’ve never worked in a school?
Yes! You do not have to have prior experience as a tutor or teacher.
Can I join the program as a volunteer if I'm not an artist? Can I help if I'm not familiar with nature?
Yes! You will receive some training, but more importantly we seek people who are themselves keen about learning about nature, drawing, or both together and who can model curiosity and attention to details outdoors for the students. This program usually involves a lively mix of people with some drawing experience and/or some experience and expertise with natural history or science, but others with enthusiasm for either are welcome to apply.
What about training?
Training is built into the program schedule described above.
Where does registration take place? You are on the page for registrations that occur at the main office of Cambridge School Volunteers, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, Room 2402, 459 Broadway, Cambridge MA 02138. Click here for directions. If it is more convenient, you may register at Tobin Montessori School on one of the dates listed here.
What if I am already volunteering in another CSV program this year?
We welcome you! If you have already filled out your paperwork for volunteering in another CSV program this school year, register here, make a note that you are a current volunteer, and we'll contact you by phone to talk about the program briefly. You will not need to duplicate your paperwork.
Do I need to provide references or have a CORI check?
Yes. You can download the K-8 Reference Form and bring two copies with you to your registration. Your references should be individuals who have known you for at least one year. We will contact your references. Also, bring a government-issued photo ID (drivers license or passport) for a CORI (criminal record) check.