Volunteering

The late President John F. Kennedy famously said "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country".

Similarly, we ask "What can YOU do for U3A Port Phillip?"

Volunteering is the lifeblood of U3A. How else could one enjoy hundreds of dollars worth of tuition for such a modest fee if it weren't for the generosity of our tutors and support staff?

Within U3APP we have a band of enthusiastic assistants carrying out a myriad of tasks, but as we grow, more help is vital. It cannot be left to a few. Every member is expected to contribute to the success of your U3A. Each of you has a unique skill that can be utilised. You'll also make new friends along the way.

To see the way our volunteer organisation is structured, click on U3APP Organisation Structure.

Our most important volunteers are our dedicated tutors - without whom there would be no courses. You don't need to be an experienced teacher, just have an enthusiasm for a topic or a pastime.

For more information about tutoring at U3APP, click on Become a Tutor.

But we also couldn't operate without the volunteer support teams, such as:

  • Course Coordination Team volunteers who recruit and support tutors, manage the course timetable
  • Office volunteers who look after the office at Mary Kehoe Centre each day
  • IT and Enrolment Team volunteers who maintain the website, send the e-bulletin, and manage online membership and enrolment
  • Catering Team volunteers who organise food and drink for events
  • Committee of Management who set the strategic direction, manage the finances and corporate administration, liaise with external stakeholders

So the next time you are at U3APP, drop into the Office and introduce yourself to one of the other volunteers, or give us a call on 9696 3495, or send an email to u3app@u3app.org.au

How to Enrol

On-line: after bookings have opened

On-line enrolments are preferred as this significantly reduces the amount of back-office work for our volunteers.

  • Login to the U3APP.org.au website.
  • Go to the Courses & Enrolling page.
  • Scroll down to find the course that you are interested in.
  • Does the course have spaces available?
    • Click on the course name to go to the booking page.
    • Click on “Book for this course or event”.
    • You will receive a confirmation email.  Please check your Junk/Spam folders as these automatically-generated emails often finish up there.
  • OR is the course shown as FULL?
    • Click on WAITLIST.

Paper Enrolment Form: before bookings open for First Semester

  • Obtain a paper Enrolment Form either from the Office or by printing an online copy available here.
  • Complete the paper Enrolment Form and submit it to the Office.

The start date for acceptance of paper Enrolment Forms for first semester is published on the U3APP website and in the e-Bulletin. Enrolment Forms received before this date are treated as though they had been received on the start date (ie there is no advantage to be gained by submitting early). On the start date and thereafter, paper Enrolment Forms are numbered in order of receipt.  Paper Enrolment forms are processed by U3APP volunteers on the same day as on-line bookings.

If your enrolment is successful, you will receive a confirmation email.  Please check your Junk/Spam folders as these automatically-generated emails often finish up there.

If your enrolment is unsuccessful,  you will receive an email telling you that you have been waitlisted.

Via the Office: after bookings have opened

  • Contact the office in person, or by email or phone.