Volunteer

Horizons at Atlanta International School is a dynamic program that helps close the summer learning gap for some of our most vulnerable children in an enriching, fun and culturally appropriate way. Students are selected from our diverse neighboring school, Garden Hills Elementary. The program is set on a beautiful campus, in a school; known for its innovation in international Pre-K through High School education, surrounded by a community that breathes life into the whole operation.

The Horizon volunteers are in turn a diverse, dynamic team. Whether you are an AIS student working on your 10th Grade Personal Project; a parent interested in the success of your student; a Garden Hills community member or an AIS parent looking to share your talents and help our larger community succeed. Our team of volunteers has them all, working together in an array of creative, fulfilling – and fun – ways.

All students and community members who become Horizon Heroes share a common commitment; “making this a better place for all people”.

Horizon Volunteer Journey

Horizons wants to ensure that everyone involved in our diverse and inclusive program has a rewarding experience. We aim to aid all our volunteers throughout their time with us, helping them to expand their skills, and explore what they are passionate about.

We suggest you consider your availability when choosing the type of volunteer you would like to be. You are welcome to spend a day at one of our community events to help make your decision. We have just a few general guidelines for you to review and accept before you can get started.

How do you become a Horizon Hero Volunteer?
  • Explore our volunteer opportunities
  • Fill out the volunteer form below
  • Pass a background check
  • Sign guidelines, regulations, and liability forms

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  • Program Description

    Horizons Atlanta at Atlanta International School is a six-week summer enrichment program for low-income students that helps prevent the “summer learning gap”– the well-documented loss of learning that occurs during the summer. Horizons’ efforts are aimed at eliminating the achievement gap for low-income students in Metro Atlanta. By providing a safe and nurturing environment, recreational and cultural activities, nutritious meals and snacks, caring professional teachers and creative, challenging instruction we unlock a student’s potential to achieve. 
  • Positions Available

    Find out which volunteering opportunity works best for you:

    Be a Peter Parker

    This volunteer helps in the day-to-day duties of the program - from lunch and recess duty, to reading and clerical work. This position is available during the academic year in our after school tutorial program and/or during our summer program.

    Requirements:

    • Be a registered Horizon Hero
    • Be able to commit to specific days and times of the week
    • Be comfortable working with students and families of a diverse community
    • Preferably speak and/or write in Spanish

    Take a look at the array of Peter Parker opportunities:

    Mystery Reader: Love to read? Schedule times with teachers to be a mystery reader with age appropriate books. Help support a teacher’s unit of study by picking a book relevant to what they are discussing in class.

    Lunch Duty: Let’s give the teachers a break. Lunch duty is from 12:00-1:00 p.m. Volunteers escort students to lunch and monitor them while eating and taking bathroom breaks.

    Physical Education: This is a great opportunity to be physically active. Organized games, yoga, physical fitness, if you have a desire to be a volunteer for these activities you will not be disappointed. P.E. will take place in the afternoons each day from 1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

    Recess Duty: Playground monitors needed daily. This opportunity comes with plenty of fresh air. Classroom teachers will determine times daily.

    Field Trip Chaperones: Each Friday (unless there is a schedule change) students take one field trip off campus. Chaperones are needed to ride and supervise on the bus.

    Clerical Work: Help keep us organized and on our toes. If you would like to answer phones, send emails, and make sure any important school docs are filed with care, this opportunity is for you.
    

    Heros in a Flash


    Special event volunteers are able to get involved for one-time events - and are NOT required to be registered as a Horizons Hero. They are required to sign in and out of facilities with valid issued ID.

    Wonder Parent 

    As an AIS parent, you know our campers best. Use your vast knowledge and know-how to benefit the experience of our campers.

    Requirements:

    • Serve as a connection between school, fellow parents, and community
    • Serve as the contact person in distributing information from Horizons to participating parents
    • Provide support for parent participation in conferences and community events
    • Work with staff to create culturally responsive content and experiences for students

    Aquaman Duty

    On Tuesdays and Thursdays, campers go swimming at Garden Hills Pool, from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Pool departure times are staggered from 9:40 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Volunteers are needed to escort children to the pool and to supervise them once they arrive.

    Requirements:

    • Be a registered Horizons Hero
    • Ability to swim
    • Be able to commit to specific days and times of the week
    • Age (13 and up) teenagers must have a parent signature on their application to volunteer.

    Captain Horizon Volunteer 

    Please see the section below for Caption Horizons Volunteer descriptions.

    Help create and share wonderful experiences. These fit into the following four categories:

    Code Zero - Help lead young coders in their exploration of the foundation of coding and help immerse them in the beauty of the digital world.
    Volunteer Description- Captain Horizons Job Descriptions

    Fresh Fountain Farmers - Help teach the wonders of growing a garden.
    Volunteer Description- Captain Horizons Job Descriptions

    The Heart Monitors - delve into all things health and wellness. Teach a sport or exercise skill, volunteer with Youth Fit for Life and teach students about the importance of healthy living.
    Volunteer Description- Captain Horizons Job Descriptions

    Frostwolf Mirage/The arts - Through our culturally diverse and engaging lessons, help build creativity and critical thinking skills for all our students. Focusing on the arts, we are seeking teachers to lead environments in dance, theater, artist, film, and design.
    Volunteer Description- Captain Horizons Job Descriptions

    Requirements:

    • Be a registered Horizon Hero
    • Create a lesson plan for one of the previously established categories (subject to approval by site coordinator)
    • Age (13 and up) teenagers must have a parent signature on their application to volunteer.
  • Captain Horizon Volunteer Descriptions

    Code Zero

    All positions last a duration of one week.

    Lead Coder

    Code Zero is looking for instructors to join our team on a part-time (or full-time) Volunteer basis.

    As an instructor, you would teach our Horizons students at camp. You would be responsible for delivering the best lessons possible, engaging the children, helping those in need and challenging those who are ahead. We provide curriculum and lesson plans, but leave room for creativity and adjustments. (In our classes every child has their own computer. There are either 7 children per instructor, or 15 children per two instructors in one class.)

    The ideal lead instructor has both experience working with elementary school children and has basic knowledge of programming. However, we are able to provide training in both of these areas.

    The ideal candidate also has the opportunity to interact with our senior staff and receive mentorship, an option you may not otherwise get.

    Junior Coders

    Coding with Code Zero is looking for Assistant Instructors to join our team on a part-time volunteer basis. As an Assistant Instructor, you will be teaching classes alongside a Lead instructor.

    We provide curriculum and lesson plans, as well as teaching materials.

    The ideal candidate has both experience teaching elementary school children and has basic knowledge of programming.


    Fresh Fountain Farmers

    Lead Farmer

    As an instructor, you would be the lead instructor teaching our Horizons students at camp. We are looking for an experienced gardener, with excellent communication skills and the ability to work with young people. We aim to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills in gardening, including flower beds, vegetable cultivation and decorative hanging baskets. (There are either 7 children per instructor, or 15 children per two instructors in one class.)

    The ideal lead instructor has both experience working with elementary school children and has basic knowledge of gardening. However, we are able to provide training in both of these areas.

    The ideal candidate in this role also has the opportunity to interact with our senior staff and receive mentorship, an option you may not otherwise get. 


    Junior Farmer

    We are looking for Assistant Instructors to join our team on a part-time volunteer basis. As an Assistant Instructor, you will be teaching classes alongside a Lead instructor.

    We provide curriculum and lesson plans, as well as teaching materials.

    The ideal candidate has both experience teaching elementary school children and has basic knowledge of gardening.



    The Heart Monitors

    Lead Heart Beats

    As an instructor, you would teach our Horizons students at camp. We are looking for an experienced fitness expert, with excellent communication skills and the ability to work with young people to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills in health and fitness. Our programs feature sports, such as soccer, basketball, yoga, youth fitness and more. You will also be in charge of organizing and implementing safe, fun and entertaining activities and games. (There are either 7 children per instructor, or 15 children per two instructors in one class.)

    The ideal lead instructor has both experience working with elementary school children and has basic knowledge of health and fitness. However, we are able to provide training in both of these areas.

    This ideal candidate also has the opportunity to interact with our senior staff and receive mentorship, an option you may not otherwise get. 


    Junior Heart Beats

    We are looking for Assistant Instructors to join our team on a part-time volunteer basis. As an Assistant Instructor, you will be teaching classes along with a Lead instructor.

    We provide curriculum and lesson plans, as well as teaching materials.

    The ideal candidate has both experience teaching elementary school children and has basic knowledge of fitness.


    Frostwolf Mirage (The Arts)

    Lead Directors

    As an instructor, you would teach our Horizons students at camp. We are looking for an experienced candidate in the following areas, dance, theater, art, film, and design with excellent communication skills and the ability to work with young people to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills in the arts. (There are either 7 children per instructor, or 15 children per two instructors in one class.)
    The ideal lead instructors has both experience working with elementary school children and has basic knowledge of gardening. However, we are able to provide training in both of these areas.

    The ideal candidate also has the opportunity to interact with our senior staff and receive mentorship, an option you may not otherwise get. 


    PA (Director's on-set Assistant)

    We are looking for Assistant Instructors to join our team on a part-time volunteer basis. As an Assistant Instructor, you will be teaching classes alongside a Lead instructor.

    We provide curriculum and lesson plans, as well as teaching materials.

    The ideal candidate has both experience teaching elementary school children and has basic knowledge of The Arts.
  • Job Responsibilities

    • Volunteer for approximately 15 students during a six-week summer enrichment program.
    • Volunteers will be assigned to carpool or bus supervision duty over the course of the summer.
    • Volunteers are required to attend all field trips, and participate in swimming and in daily meals with students.
    • Horizons is looking for dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers with a dynamic talent of creating and nurturing a lifelong love of knowledge in children.
    • Volunteers must work as team players to help fulfill the Horizons mission.
  • Commitment Level

    • Volunteers will be available to volunteer for one day, one week, two weeks, etc. 
    • Volunteers will be assigned to duties based upon their individual strengths. 
    • Volunteers must commit to finishing the duty assigned to them during the time they will serve.
  • Qualifications

    • Experience as a summer camp counselor or volunteer for school activity. 
    • A strong desire to help make a difference in the lives of public school students from Atlanta area. 
    • Must submit to and pass a fingerprint background screening.

Horizons Volunteer Application


Aplicación de voluntario para Programa de Verano Horizons
Horizons Atlanta International School, needs your help!

The program that usually runs after school on a Tuesday (during the academic year), is running a six-week summer program. With your help we can decrease the summer learning gap for some of our community’s most vulnerable children, by promoting literacy, math and project-based learning. We serve rising 1st through 4th grade students. This year’s summer program will be held from June 12-July 21. With the program running from 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Monday - Friday


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Atlanta International School

A private, non-profit, international, IB World School for grades 3K-12,
featuring full and dual-immersion language programs.

2890 North Fulton Drive

Atlanta, Georgia 30305, USA
404.841.3840