Hello all, I've been reading through a lot of these forum posts, but this is my first post here. About me: I'm a 29-year old former engineer with a BS and an MS in mechanical engineering and two years of experience in industry. Due to eye problems from too much computer use (typically 90% of my time as an engineer), I had to quit my last job and move back in with my parents in Washington state. Now, I'm looking to move to another part of the country, and I'd like to get my certification to teach high school math in my new state. Teaching is something that I wanted to do even before I had my engineering job - my positive experiences as a tutor and grad TA convinced me of that. I'm still probably months away from deciding where to move, so in the meantime I think volunteering at a local school would be a good way to get some classroom experience (and I've researched some MAT programs that require 40 hours of classroom volunteering to be admitted). But I was wondering a couple things first: 1. A year or two from now when I am applying for positions at schools in my new state, do you think schools would care if I did volunteering in Washington? Or would they prefer someone who had more local experience? 2. What's the best way to contact these schools regarding volunteering? Should I walk in and introduce myself, or will a phone call or e-mail suffice? Anything that you guys would like to share about your volunteering experience would be helpful too.