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Conversation Circle Volunteer Facilitator

PROGRAM NAME: Community Connections              

 

POSITION TITLE: English Conversation Circle Volunteer

                                   

SCHEDULE: Weekly,  2 hours per session/ once a week 

 

LOCATION: TBA in-person

 

REPORTS TO: Lata Aggarwal 

DESCRIPTION:  English Conversation Circle volunteers assist immigrant and refugee newcomers with informal English practice at weekly drop-in sessions. Volunteers lead small groups of participants organized according to their English level.  This volunteer position involves leading a small group (3-4 people) of newcomers with various topics that support learning about Canadian culture; practicing listening and speaking with others; learning new vocabulary; and understanding idioms and expressions.  Archway staff provide materials and resources to assist with discussions.

Conversation Circles give newcomers an opportunity to connect with each other and practice speaking English, while learning about Canadian culture and their new community from a volunteer.

TIME COMMITMENT: In most cases, the time commitment is 2 hrs per week (min. 6 months.)  Volunteers can choose either the morning or evening session: Tuesdays from 10-11:30am or Wednesdays from 7:00-8:30pm. 

DUTIES:

  • Facilitate an online conversation group of English language learners (normally 3-5 participants)
  •  Commit to a regular volunteer schedule (one class per week)
  •  Encourage attendees to practice speaking English 
  •  Manage dialogue and keep conversation flowing
  •  Ensure that conversations remain respectful
  •  Share insights into Canadian culture
  •  Attend occasional training sessions 

QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Fluency in English
  •  Knowledge of or willingness to learn about the challenges facing new immigrants/refugees
  •  Willingness and ability to communicate with newcomers who are still learning English
  •  Previous experience interacting with individuals whose first language is not English
  •  Sensitivity to cross-cultural differences
  •  Available to volunteer for 2 hours per week
  •  Previous teaching and/or facilitation experience is an asset

This volunteer position is best suited for someone who is:

  • Patient and friendly
  •  An excellent communicator
  •  Open-minded and non-judgmental
  •  A native or fluent English speaker
  •  Reliable and committed

Virtual Conversation Circle Volunteer Facilitator

PROGRAM NAME: Community Connections              

 

POSITION TITLE: English Conversation Circle Volunteer

                                   

SCHEDULE: Weekly,  2 hours per session/ once a week 

 

LOCATION: Online via Zoom

 

REPORTS TO: Lata Aggarwal 

DESCRIPTION: English Virtual Conversation Circle volunteers assist immigrant and refugee newcomers with informal English practice at weekly online drop-in sessions. Volunteers lead small groups of participants organized according to their English level. This volunteer position involves leading a small group (3-4 people) of newcomers with various topics that support learning about Canadian culture; practicing listening and speaking with others; learning new vocabulary; and understanding idioms and expressions.  Archway staff provide materials and resources to assist with discussions.

Conversation Circles give newcomers an opportunity to connect with each other and practice speaking English, while learning about Canadian culture and their new community from a volunteer.

TIME COMMITMENT: In most cases, the time commitment is 2 hrs per week (min. 6 months.)  Volunteers can choose either the morning or evening session: Tuesdays from 10-11:30am or Wednesdays from 7:00-8:30pm. 

DUTIES:

  • Facilitate an online conversation group of English language learners (normally 3-5 participants)
  •  Commit to a regular volunteer schedule (one class per week)
  •  Have access to a laptop/computer and reliable internet access
  •  Encourage attendees to practice speaking English 
  •  Manage dialogue and keep conversation flowing
  •  Ensure that conversations remain respectful
  •  Share insights into Canadian culture
  •  Attend occasional training sessions 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Fluency in English
  •  Knowledge of or willingness to learn about the challenges facing new immigrants/refugees
  •  Willingness and ability to communicate with newcomers who are still learning English
  •  Previous experience interacting with individuals whose first language is not English
  •  Sensitivity to cross-cultural differences
  •  Available to volunteer for 2 hours per week
  •  Previous teaching and/or facilitation experience is an asset

This volunteer position is best suited for someone who is:

  • Patient and friendly
  •  An excellent communicator
  •  Open-minded and non-judgmental
  •  Comfortable using the computer 
  •  A native or fluent English speaker
  •  Reliable and committed

Friendship-Based Match (Arabic, Dari, and Pashto Speakers)

PROGRAM NAME: Community Connections              

 

POSITION TITLE: Friendship-based Match for Newcomers

                                   

SCHEDULE: Approximately 2 hrs per week with a flexible schedule

 

LOCATION: TBD by volunteer and newcomer needs and availabilities

 

REPORTS TO: Lata Aggarwal 

 

DESCRIPTION:

Volunteers in the one-on-one matching program are connected with an immigrant or refugee who lives in Abbotsford and has reached out for support. The time commitment is approximately 2 hours per week for a minimum of 6 months with a flexibility based on the volunteer's schedule and the newcomer's needs. Currently, we have a need for volunteers who speak either Ukrainian, Russian, Arabic, Pashto, or Dari to offer one-on-one support to Government-Assisted Refugee families and other displaced persons arriving in Abbotsford in the upcoming months.

DUTIES:

  • Schedule meetings with “match” and plan activities
  • Offer English language and settlement support to a newcomer refugee individual or family 
  • Share insights into Canadian culture
  • Share knowledge of the local community, attractions, events, and activities
  • Offer friendship and support

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Fluency in Ukrainian, Russian, Arabic, Dari or Pashto 
  • Knowledge of the challenges facing new immigrants/refugees
  • Knowledge of the community and the resources that are available
  • Fluency in English
  • Patience and empathy
  • Sensitivity to cross-cultural differences

 

This volunteer position is best suited for someone who is:

  • Outgoing and friendly
  • Not judgmental or critical
  • Patient
  • Respectful
  • A fluent English speaker
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