Volunteering

Docent training takes place in the Autumn of each year, starting in the last week of September.

The Introductory Docent Training Program consists of eight (8) sessions and meets twice weekly. Volunteers may choose from the following two options:

  • A) Monday and Wednesday evenings, 6:00pm-8:00pm, starting Monday September 23, 2013
  • B) Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, 1:00pm-3:00pm, starting Tuesday, September 24, 2013

For more detailed information on the position of Musuem Docent and the 2013 training please click here.

What is a docent?

  • A volunteer educator who guides tours in museums
  • Also known as a tour guide, interpreter, facilitator, gallery guide, or explainer

What do Bata Shoe Museum docents do?

  • Lead interactive tours in our four exhibitions
  • Work with students of all grade levels, adults and adult ESL learners
  • Use the hands-on collection to give visitors an ‘up close’ experience

What is the commitment?

  • Attend all eight training sessions
  • After successful completion of the training program, commitment to leading at least one tour (2 hours) per week for a minimum of one year.
  • Attend ongoing training
  • Attend training for new exhibitions

What are the qualifications?

  • Fluency in English
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience teaching children, previous art gallery or museum experience, or an interest in history/fashion is helpful
  • Fluency in French an asset
  • Energy and enthusiasm!

What are the rewards?

  • Volunteer Appreciation events
  • Service Awards
  • Gift shop discount
  • Complimentary admission to many Toronto museums and attractions
  • Tickets to selected lectures and events
  • Complimentary subscription to our newsletter, Footnotes
  • New learning, new experiences, new friends

How do I apply?

Contact: Andrea Field, Education Coordinator
[email protected] or 416.979.7799 ext. 242