I come from a family of teachers. But I never took up the trade myself. While it may not be the highest paid career in the world many people find it completely rewarding.
Sure I train clients on how to use their website and I’ve worked the odd Happiness Bar at a WordCamp, but I had never actually been in a tutoring role.
Some months ago at a SaturHack I met Meredith Underell who runs the Vancouver Chapter of Ladies Learning Code or for short LLC. I thought it was a totally cool project and friends like Mandi Wise and Christine Rondeau have both volunteered as tutors in the past.
I made one wrong assumption about LLC was their tutors were only women. Nope! male tutors are invited to volunteer as well.
So when I heard that LLC was having a Girls Learning to Code and was in need of some volunteer mentors for a HTML / CSS course. I had some time and I decided to sign up and give it a try.
I was a little nervous as what to expect but was warmly welcomed when showed up. I got myself a name tag and sat down next to a girl who was having a little trouble getting started.
Turns out she wanted to make a photography website. Well did I ever pick the right girl to sit next to. I was a photographer for 7 years before I switched to web design and I have built a few photography websites in my day.
The hot topic of website creation was Minecraft but also cats, grumpy or other wise, dogs, fashion tips and bagels!
Clio ( Legal Case Management Software for Law Firms Tech as a service ) provided the location, bandwidth and a wonderful lunch. ( Along with a couple beers with the fellow tutors after our apt pupils left for the day. )
Just before we broke for lunch one of the tutors overhead a girl saying.
“I don’t want to have lunch, I am still coding”
We’ve all been there. Trust me.
I also met a number of developers from the wider Vancouver Tech Community. Great networking time at lunch and over beers afterwards.
The girls used Mozilla Thimble code editor which gives real time updates of their code.
I’d highly suggest any developer sign up for a Saturday of this. It was fun, lite, easy, rewarding and filled me full of good karma.