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Posted On: Monday, 5th February 2018
Shift: Flexible
Location: Varies
Duration: Weekly visits for 6 months- 1 year; flexible scheduling

Description:

Are you interested in interacting with people from different cultures? Do you want to make a difference in newcomers’ lives by supporting their transition to Calgary? Volunteers from our program provide practical and social support to new immigrants and refugees, helping them to learn about Canadian culture, navigate transportation/ health-care systems, find resources, practice English, and feel less isolated through participation in social activities.

Each volunteer or group of volunteers is connected with an individual or family based on volunteer preferences and the client needs. Factors to be considered include: volunteer’s skills, background, hobbies, and location in Calgary.

All applicants are subjected to a screening process. Orientation and training will be provided on cross-cultural interaction, settlement processes, and practical mentorship support. Ongoing supervision, guidance, and professional development opportunities will be provided.

To apply, submit online application or contact:

Rubirose Ong //  // 403-290-5427

Petrina Lee //  // 403-290-5130

 

Skills / Qualifications:

  • Culturally-sensitive
  • Patient and compassionate
  • Open-minded and willing to learn
  • Independent and reliable
  • Strong communication and listening skills
  • Excellent conflict-resolution skills
  • Fluent in English
  • Been in Canada for at least 5 years; knowledgeable about Calgary