Member and instructor volunteers are the heartbeat of OLLI at Penn State and are the reason we continue to thrive as a dynamic organization while keeping fees low.
Every member is encouraged to volunteer. Volunteers can have a direct input into the decisions and direction of OLLI, while in turn OLLI benefits from members’ experience, expertise, skills and ideas. Volunteering is a rewarding and stimulating experience and another way to meet new people.
Members may choose from a variety of volunteer opportunities - help in the office, serve as class assistant, teach a class, or serve on a committee, to name a few. Participation is flexible, allowing members to contribute as their schedules permit.
To find out more about volunteering for OLLI, contact Sarah Benton, Executive Director. All OLLI members are asked to complete a Volunteer Profile in order to assist the Volunteer Committee with connecting OLLI volunteer needs to OLLI member interests.
Would you like to be a volunteer instructor for OLLI?
OLLI welcomes all types of instructors - from those who have taught in a university or school setting to those with little to no prior teaching experience who have a particular art, hobby or interest to share.
Several instructors have reported their OLLI experiences have been the richest teaching experiences of their life. OLLI learners are intelligent, vibrant and engaging and they bring a rich experience to the classroom that is typically not present in younger learners. In addition, for many instructors, this is the first time to teach without grades, homework and exams.
To learn more about teaching for OLLI, click on Instructor Guidelines; Teaching for OLLI FAQ; Guide to Teaching Older Adults or contact Sue Miller, Program Coordinator. A Course Form can be submitted in one of two ways:
1) Complete an electronic Course Form. Be sure to click the submit button when you are done.
2) Print, complete and return the Course Form.
Note: Course Forms should be submitted 15-18 weeks prior to projected first course session date.