District of Saanich


Recreation, Community Services, & Special Events

Volunteer Opportunities

SpeakWell ESL Program Facilitator

 

The SpeakWell ESL English Conversation Program supports new immigrants, refugees, and other ESL learners in sharpening their English-speaking and comprehension skills. The Facilitator leads conversations around a given topic, presented through established lesson plans and assists participants with pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary development, and listening skills.

Responsibilities: 

  • Create a friendly, safe, enjoyable atmosphere and encourage people to discuss given topics.
  • Assist individuals in conversation by providing feedback and guidance on pronunciation and vocabulary as well as directly teach pronunciation and vocabulary to small groups of participants.
  • Answer questions and support participants' learning of conversational English.

Qualifications:

  • 19+ years 
  • Friendly, outgoing, and enthusiastic.
  • Interested in helping new immigrants, refugees and other ESL learners develop speaking skills to assist them to become active members of our community.
  • Ability to assist learners with pronunciation, vocabulary development as well as some basic grammar points.
  • Able to speak English fluently.
  • Teaching English as a Second Language training and teaching experience an asset.
  • Able to speak and understand additional languages is an asset.
  • Willing to meet for an informal interview
  • Willing to complete a Police Information Check

Orientation and Training:

  • Volunteer Application (Liability Waiver, Code of Conduct, Policies for Volunteers and Contractors)
  • Child Protection/Vulnerable Persons Training
  • Site and Role Orientation

Commitment and schedule: One weekly shift on Saturday afternoons between 1:00 - 3:30pm. Program runs 1:30 - 3:00pm, with a half hour of prep and clean up on either side.  A 1-year commitment is ideal; a minimum commitment of 6 months is expected.

Working Conditions:  Indoor. Required sitting, standing, and moving around the room. Requires lifting up to 20lbs.  Multipurpose room setting.  Supervised.

Contact and communication: Program Coordinator – Derek Swallow – speakwellesl@gmail.com. Programmer II: Jason Jones, 250-475-5427, e: jason.jones@saanich.ca 

Why a Conversation program? To:

  • Increase participant’s comfort and confidence speaking English through interaction with patient, friendly facilitators and other group members within a relaxed, informal environment.
  • Provide an inclusive environment where participant increase their verbal English fluency and comprehension, and enhance their English pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar skills.
  • Provide a venue where immigrants deepen their relationship with the Saanich region by connecting with other community members, participating in community activities offered through Saanich’s Recreation centers, and hopefully meld so firmly with our community they willingly participate in community decision-making bodies such as regional boards.
  • Promote cross-cultural understanding through activities that generate cross-cultural learning.

Preschool Program Assistant

The Preschool Program Assistant enhances the delivery of our quality preschool programs that run weekly in the mornings by offering additional relationships, supervision, role-modeling and assistance.  Ideal for those who love working with very young children. Your positivity, encouraging attitude, patience, and joyful approach to discovery and play is a resource for the instructor and participants.

Note: Various themes and areas of focus depending on specific program (eg. French language-learning, cooking, arts and crafts, nature-based, etc).

 

Potential Program Opportunities:

  • Educating Children Outdoors Nature Preschool         8:45am - 12:15pm           Thurs    @ Swan Lake
  • Variety of Programs                    approx 8:45am - 11:00am       Mon, Tues, Wed, Thur, OR Fri     @ Saanich Commonwealth Place

 

Duties and Responsibilities:
•    Model safe behavior
•    Use positive, encouraging language
•    Assist preschool staff with activities and games 
•    Help with set up and clean up
•    Report to the program instructor
•    Greet children and parents and make them feel comfortable
•    Help track attendance
•    Initiate play with the children
•    Maintain a fun, safe and clean classroom environment
•    Establish a fair play atmosphere
•    Must wear appropriate clothing including close-toed shoes, and be comfortable getting messy. 


Knowledge, Skill and Qualification Requirements:  
•    16 yrs+
•    Experience working with children aged 3 to 5 years in a related setting is an asset
•    Ability to speak languages other than English is an asset
•    Patient and supportive approach working with children
•    Friendly personality and one who uses their initiative
•    Proficient in the English language
•    Clear current Criminal Records Check or Police Information Check

Orientation and Training (provided):  
•    Volunteer Application (Liability Waiver, Code of Conduct, Policies for Volunteers and Contractors)
•    Child Protection/Vulnerable Persons Training
•    Supervisor Meet and Match Interview
•    Site and Role Orientation

Commitment and schedule: At least one regular weekly shift for a minimum of 3 months.  

Working Conditions:  

  • Mostly indoors but can go outdoors.  
  • Sitting, standing, moving throughout a multi-purpose space.  
  • Able to lift 40 lbs.  
  • Staff supervised.

Contact and communication: 

Gordon Head (including Swan Lake)     Kathryn Allan,  250-475-7113, kathryn.allan@saanich.ca

Saanich Commonwealth Place               Ruth Smith, 250-475-7603, ruth.smith@saanich.ca 

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