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Outback Volunteer Chronicle


Welcome to VISE  


VISE volunteers provide educational assistance to students and their families in rural Australia.

We also provide domestic and personal support in the case of emergencies or when respite is necessary.

VISE is a volunteer service established in 1989 by a small group of retired teachers and the Tennant Creek Lions Club in consultation with the Isolated Children's Parents' Association (I.C.P.A.). The aim of VISE is to support the education of students in rural areas especially isolated outback families involved with distance education. 

Information for Potential Volunteers

If you are a retired teacher and do not like to see your  skills and experiences going to waste why not volunteer for 6 weeks to help a family in remote areas of Australia with their Distance Education Program? If you are a non-teacher with domestic skills, would you be willing to help a remote family to keep the home ticking over if there is an emergency situation?  If any of these qualifications fit you then Volunteers for Isolated Students' Education (VISE) may be for you.

VISE has been offering educational assistance to students in remote areas of Australia since 1990.  The support is mainly for students studying through the Schools of Distance EducatioJosh, Kelly and Amy waiting for their tutorn.  These children work on assignments sent out to them and our teachers assist them through supervision, explanation and the provision of face-to-face tutoring in their own homes.

Where Home Schooling is used the VISE Tutor guides the child through their program as decided by the family.

VISE has been a success story since its inception.  Our work is highly valued by the Schools of Distance Education (SDE) which do not have the resources to send their staff to offer individualised programs in homes.  VISE tutors provide this help for a block of six weeks and often solve pressing educational problems.

The student on a remote property is often socially isolated.  The parent is the supervisor and is often uncertain about the progress of the student.  The VISE tutors come to the property rather like a grandparent.  They can assess the progress of the student and take over the teaching process for six weeks, giving the parent respite and provide a friendly supportive role on ways the family might best enhance the education of their children.

If you are interested in becoming involved in this very worthwhile program then have a look at the Volunteer Application section.  You will not regret it, this is an extraordinarily rewarding program.

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Are you a parent needing assistance with your teaching program?

Are you a parent requiring domestic assistance in an emergency such as hospitalisation?

If so, then Volunteers for Isolated Students' Education (VISE) may be for you. As you have read in the information for Volunteers VISE uses tutors. who are usually retired teachers,  to assist you and your children in the classroom.  However, VISE also has Angels (often the husband or the wife of the tutor) who can take over light domestic duties such as meals, washing and light cleaning.  Their working day has to be by agreement with both parties prior to the placement being accepted.

You are responsible for travel expenses and board of the volunteer but you do not have to pay for expenses such as motels and en-route meals.  VISE may be able to assist with travel expenses if it has been able to access monetary grants.  However, subsidised travel is not guaranteed and may be the sole responsibility of the parent.  VISE has Local Area Coordinators (LAC) in Queensland, Northern Territory and NSW. For contact details for the LACs please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You should fill in the Request for Assistance Form which will be sent to you by your coordinator and return it to your coordinator.  Your placement will then be advertised and suitably qualified applicants will be put in touch with you. If you both agree to the placement, the coordinator will book it on the VISE administrative system.