supporting Cambridge public school students

How to Get Started

Thank you for your interest in volunteering in the Cambridge Public Schools!


No tutoring or teaching experience necessary. CSV provides training. 


Volunteers must complete a digital application form.


You will be asked to complete a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) form. You must include a digitized copy (scan) of your passport, driver's license, or other photo ID with the CORI form. In addition, beginning in school year 2021–22, the school district requires us to document up-to-date immunization status for in-person volunteers, including, but not limited to, documentation of vaccination for COVID-19.


We require two references—at least one must be professional. One may be personal, but not from a family member. You will provide CSV's reference form to your references.

Orientation and Training

Our one-hour required orientation session for new volunteers occurs multiple times during the year. The session will guide you through our expectations, the support you can expect from us, and information about the roles available to you, including our current volunteer needs. You must attend a new volunteer orientation prior to your first day of volunteering.

After your application has been reviewed, CSV staff will contact you to invite you to attend one of these sessions. (You may also view the schedule on Eventbrite, here).  We also require that volunteers attend our cultural humility workshop, also offered periodically throughout the school year.

Additional, optional training is offered at intervals throughout the year.



Our diverse and talented volunteers range in age from older teens to older adults.

CSV volunteers include working professionals, retirees, undergraduates and graduate students, parents, and high school students volunteering as peer tutors.

At CSV, we work hard to create a great match between each of our volunteers and the student they are helping, ensuring a win-win for everyone. We're glad you're considering joining us at Cambridge School Volunteers!

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