If you love talking to people, have a passion for science, and are looking for a meaningful way to spend your summer, consider applying for one of our summer teen volunteer programs. The Greensboro Science Center has a variety of volunteer opportunities designed to fit every schedule and interest.
“Summer is a time I look forward to simply because I love being able to volunteer as a Teacher’s Assistant. Watching ten to fifteen anxious faces at the beginning of the week transform into faces of sheer excitement beings me great joy.”
-Lexi J., Teacher’s Assistant 2013 - 2017
Yes. Using our scheduling system, you’ll be able to keep track of all of your volunteer hours. You will be responsible for logging your hours in your x2Vol account. The Volunteer Office will then approve your hours.
Teacher’s Assistants are responsible for helping the teachers with classroom activities and ensuring the safety and well-being of each child. Be a kid again as you make bottle rockets, study animal behavior, or practice kitchen chemistry!
Our summer camps run from June 14 to August 11. Teacher’s Assistants are required to sign up for at least three one-week sessions of camp. During each one-week session, our Teacher’s Assistants are scheduled for the same shift each weekday. This provides stability for the children in the classes because they’ll meet the teacher and all of the assistants on Monday when they arrive in class. It also ensures that our Teacher’s Assistants are aware of how the activity done in camp on Wednesday relates to the one done on Monday.
Teacher’s Assistants can be scheduled morning-only or afternoon-only. There are limited opportunities to stay through lunch to assist with our Lunch Bunch program. Volunteers should be picked up promptly at the end of their shift. The Greensboro Science Center’s policy is that children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. We cannot provide supervision outside of their scheduled volunteer time.
The schedule for summer will be completed and sent to all selected Teacher’s Assistants by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, May 31. We make the schedule based on the availability that you provide us in the Teacher’s Assistant Survey, to be completed after May 12.
Morning Class: 9:00-12:00
Arrive by 8:30 and stay until 12:15
Lunch Bunch: 12:00 to 1:00
This is an option for camp students who are taking morning and afternoon classes. Campers are supervised as they eat their lunches. Campers watch movies, play games, and visit the park when they’re done eating. There are only six Lunch Bunch volunteer slots per week. If you are interested in staying for Lunch Bunch, please indicate that on your application. Lunch Bunch volunteers will be scheduled until 1:15. We will try to give everyone interested in helping with Lunch Bunch the chance to do so at least one week during the summer.
Afternoon Class: 1:00-3:00 — some LEGO classes end at 4:00
Arrive by 12:30 and stay until 3:15 or 4:15, depending on the class
Extended Day: 3:00-4:30
This is an add-on for camp students whose parents cannot pick them up until later in the day. The students do craft activities, play games, watch movies, etc. Space for volunteers is limited to one opening per week. The Extended Day volunteer for the week will be scheduled until 4:45. If you are interested in staying for Extended Day, please indicate that on your application.
Questions or comments? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 336-288-3769 x1330.