Volunteers Needed for Historical Tours for Children

As part of the RIHS’s Field Trip Free for All program, more than 750 school children come to Providence annually to take part in our Avi Walks – historical walking tours that use the book Something Upstairs to educate students on local history and the slave trade.

Often paired with a tour of the John Brown House Museum, this is sometimes the only opportunity for students to learn outside of the classroom. With the goal of expanding the program, increasing visitation, and reaching more children, we’re looking for new volunteers!

We’re hosting a three-week training for new volunteers. During this time, we’ll discuss themes of Avi’s Something Upstairs, review local history, and walk the route of the tour. New volunteers will then be asked to shadow at least two tours before leading a group of their own.

Preferences and requirements:

  • While no in-classroom teaching experience is necessary, a strong interest in working with elementary age children is required.
  • Physical ability to comfortably walk 1.25 miles is required.
  • Availability in the morning between 9:30am and 1pm in the fall and spring desired.
  • BCI check required.

For questions or to set up an interview, please contact Assistant Director of the Goff Center for Education and Public Programs Jennifer Wilson at 401-331-8575 ext. 360 or jwilson@rihs.org.

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