PROGRAM NAME: Community Connections
POSITION TITLE: Virtual English Conversation Circle Volunteer
SCHEDULE: Weekly, 2 hours per session/ once a week
REPORTS TO: Lata Aggarwal
English Virtual Conversation Circle volunteers assist immigrant and refugee newcomers with English practice at weekly online drop-in sessions. Volunteers lead small groups of participants organized according to their English level. Staff send an invite to clients and volunteer on a weekly basis (ensuring privacy by not sharing email information) In most cases, the time commitment is 2 hrs per week (min. 6 months).
- 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 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
- 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
Immigrant Youth Services / SACRO
Youth Mentorship Program - South Asian Community Resource Office
This Youth Mentor Program being run by the SACRO is a program where low to moderate risk youth can be referred to engage in extracurricular activities. This program will help them learn how to have a pro-social, positive relationship with a role model through being matched with a screened and trained volunteer mentor. The volunteer schedule is flexible meeting the menter and mentee schedule.
Volunteers need to be 19 years or older, complete a criminal record check and have a valid driver license.
If you can connect with youth and have a strong inter-cultural communication skills, this is the volunteer role for you!
REPORTS TO: Ruby Bhatti – Youth Mentor Facilitator