Volunteer Tour Guides
State House Tour Office volunteers are a diverse group of professionals, retired educators, business people, students and homemakers who share a love of history, an interest in government, and a desire to teach others about the State of New Jersey.
In hour-long tours, volunteer guides teach visitors about the lawmaking process, including the role the citizen plays in shaping public policy. Tours also include an overview of State history, and the art and architecture of one of the most significant buildings in New Jersey.
In this program, students role-play as legislators and learn that debate, negotiation and compromise are at the heart of the lawmaking process. A volunteer facilitator takes on the role of the Senate President or General Assembly Speaker to guide the discussion and final vote. Make-A-Law! lessons are for grades 3rd through 12th and last 30-45 minutes.
Individuals must complete a questionnaire and be interviewed. Selected applicants will be trained and evaluated by Tour Office staff. Volunteers must:
- Complete a five-week training program
- Be available during weekdays
- Lead 12 tours or Make-A-Law! programs annually
- Interact with diverse groups of visitors in a friendly and welcoming manner
- Be able to organize and present information in a meaningful way
- Fulfill the responsibilities explained in the Participation Guidelines
- Continuing education through workshops and special programs
- Skill development in leadership and public-speaking
- Meeting active, like-minded people in your community
- Field trips to regional tourist sites
- Special events
- Recognition by legislative leaders
- Personally rewarding experiences — see testimonials below