UBC Let's Talk Science strives to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics literacy through the outreach efforts of members of the research community at the University of British Columbia. Our volunteers work with youth from elementary and secondary schools to ignite science excitement and share their knowledge with eager young minds.
If you’re interested in becoming a Let’s Talk Science volunteer, email email@example.com. We’ll let you know more about the program, how to register and when our next training session is being held. It is mandatory for all volunteers to attend one training session.
We keep our volunteers updated on upcoming events and opportunities! Twice a month, we send emails detailing upcoming volunteer opportunities. You can look through all the available opportunities and sign up for ones that interest you and work with your schedule. Also, we maintain an updated activities calendar on our main website and Facebook account.
Yes! All of our volunteers complete a comprehensive training session before going on classroom visits or participating in community events! As well, there may be special programs that we run that require extra training. You will be notified if this is the case. As well, volunteers are encouraged to speak with our supplies coordinator and our team for helpful tips on how to pull off a great visit!
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out when and where the next training session is taking place.
Yes. Some of our volunteers are nervous about visiting classrooms alone. You are welcome to complete visits in pairs, just let us know. Also, make sure your schedules are flexible enough to accommodate 2-3 visits, together, during the year.
We have a Portal where you log the hours you spend on any Let’s Talk Science program or event. Logging allows us to track all the great work that is being done and who is doing it. At the end of the school year, we issue certificates of participation if you participate in at least one activity throughout the year. Also, we will write letters of reference and act as verifiers if you need them.
On a monthly basis, we select star volunteers and award them with a UBC Bookstore gift card as an appreciation of their great outreach efforts. We also hold volunteer appreciation events throughout the year to recognise all the great work you do!
Undergraduate students can get involved in our SMaRT and Science Fair Mentorship programs. You will be part of a pod and supervised by a graduate students. It's a great way to get into science outreach! If you are interested, please contact our SMaRT and/or Mentorship coordinators at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org respectively.
Absolutely! UBC Let's Talk Science is open to all UBC students with a background in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
We can reimburse you for up to $20 per visit if you cannot find the supplies you need in our office. Please make sure that you bring back any leftover supplies so that they can be used by other volunteers.
If your total receipts amount to less than $20, we will reimburse you directly in cash during office hours. Please email us at email@example.com before visiting the office to ensure that we'll have enough money to reimburse you.
If your total receipts amount to more than $20, email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive an expense claim form and follow the instructions. Funds will be deposited directly in your bank account or a cheque will be sent to you within ~6 weeks.
Please keep itemized receipts of all expenses in good conditions. Credit card statements are not valid. If you are shopping for multiple things, please keep Let's Talk Science-related items on a separate receipt.