Archaeology volunteers present the Archaeology of the Lower Fraser River school program to elementary students, in Grades 4 to 7. The program is 90 minutes long and is offered on Wednesdays in the morning (9:45 am) and afternoon (12:15 pm) throughout the school year (September to mid-December; January to early June).
Prior to the arrival of the students to the Laboratory of Archaeology, volunteers prepare and set up the space and materials for the programs. When students arrive, they are welcomed, instructed on appropriate behavior and rules, and then engage in hands-on activities with the museum teaching materials.
Archaeology volunteers help students discover the rich, 9,000-year history of the First Nations people in south western BC by learning about their lifeways, tools and technologies. This behind-the-scenes program includes an introduction to authentic tools and materials used including the use of cedar bark for rope making. Students have a chance to make a rope bracelet from raffia using these techniques.
Archaeology volunteers have the opportunity to participate in the Laboratory of Archaeology (LOA) activities in addition to the school program.
Archaeology volunteers come from a wide variety of backgrounds. The ideal volunteer should:
- Enjoy working with children
- Have a strong interest in First Nations cultures and issues, both historic and contemporary
- Have a strong interest in archaeology
- Be flexible and patient and willing to work with children of various ability levels
- Have an interest in museums
- Be able to volunteer on Wednesdays during regular school hours
- Experience working with children is an asset
All new volunteers are required to attend both sessions of MOA 101: Introductory Training Seminar. Training will continue with committee members and staff after MOA 101.
Training will begin with archaeology orientation sessions to teach the necessary content for delivering the school program. These sessions are conducted by staff and usually require one to two days of training, after which ongoing hands-on training will take place during the programs through observation and teamwork with experienced Archaeology Committee volunteers. Volunteers will learn to delivery all the three parts of the program including a PowerPoint presentation, a hands-on activity with actual archaeological belongings where students will act like an archaeologist, and the guide them to make a bracelet using a First Nation’s method of twining.
Once training is complete, volunteers are asked to commit to either the morning or afternoon session each week on Wednesdays.
- 2 years on the Archaeology Committee
- Wednesdays: either morning or afternoon sessions
- Attendance at the General Meetings which take place six times a year on Monday afternoons in September, November, January, March, April and June
- Attendance at 2–3 Archaeology Committee meetings per year, which usually take place before some General Meetings