Opportunities to contribute to your career advancement by joining our team of friendly and positive professionals:
If you are interested in a volunteer position with Kamloops Immigrant Services, please stop by the office and inquire about volunteering at the reception desk. We are here to answer any questions or concerns that you may have with the completion of the documents.
The application will take you through routine questions, that include:
– Availability/Commitment Level
– Skills and interests you can share
– What interests you in being a volunteer with KIS
– What type of volunteering position you would like to take on
Documents that you will have to read through and sign include:
– Confidentiality Agreement
– Conflict of Interest Policy
– Volunteer Code of Ethics
– Criminal Record Check with RCMP (cost covered by Kamloops Immigrant Services)
Once the Volunteer Application Package and criminal record check has been completed you are now a KIS VOLUNTEER! Our agency would not be nearly as successful without all of our dedicated volunteers and we thank you for volunteering your time to KIS.
Community Connections Programs
- Workshops and Events Volunteer Photographer
We are seeking individuals who are passionate about photography who can commit weekly or monthly and help us tell newcomer’s story in pictures. Photographers use their own equipment. Previous experience is preferred but not required.
- Volunteer cooking instructors
Are you an experienced cook with expertise in cuisine from your culture? We are looking for volunteer cooking instructors who could help give instruction in a community cooking class! Your roles would be: 1) provide a recipe 2) show people how to make it! There will be several opportunities available throughout the year.
- Kids Activities and program Volunteers
Work with newcomer’s children and explore fun kids activities in Kamloops! Help with games, crafts, English practice, and more…
- Gardening workshop Instructors
We are looking for experienced gardeners who can share their knowledge and skills with newcomers about soil, compost, seed, water, weed control, food storage, food process, seed saving, pot plants, etc.
- Recipe Book Editor
We are looking for someone who can help us edit multicultural recipes. The recipes come from immigrants who want to share their ethnic recipes in our community.
- Conversation Circle volunteers
Help newcomers practice their English. Previous teaching experience is preferred.
- Yoga Instructors for Adults and families.
We have been running a weekly yoga program for newcomers to Canada and Kamloops. The program is well attended by 8 – 14 participants each week. We run it on Mondays from 12:15 – 1:15, rotating weekly through local yoga teachers who volunteer their time to share their practice with the community. Please join us if you would like to help.
Many newcomers to Canada are disadvantaged economically and have trouble finding employment while they are learning English and settling into society. As this can be a difficult time, we are grateful that we are able to bring meditation, yoga, and a sense of community to their lives in a familiar space.
We are also running monthly Family Yoga on Thursdays for newcomers and their families. Family Yoga can benefit parents’ and children’s mental, physical health and relationships. This is a well-loved program for families. We are hoping to expand to twice a month. Please let us know if you are interested.
- Computer Mentoring Volunteers
We are looking for people who are skilled with computers to help newcomers learn basic computer skills. (MS Word, and other MS Office programs, e-mail, internet use, social media, typing and using a mouse, etc.)
- Indoor and outdoor Event Assistants
Looking for people who are passionate about organizing and assisting with events. For example, Monthly Multicultural Potlucks, hiking in summer and fall and community events like Diversity Walk, Overlanders Day, Pride Parade, Canada Day, etc.
- Mentorship Volunteers
The Mentorship Program matches newcomers to Canada with a volunteer who is familiar with Kamloops to meet once per week. This is a fun, friendship based program, and is very rewarding for both participants and volunteers. You are welcome to share skills, knowledge and time with newcomers.
- Workshop instructor/Guest Speaker:
We are always looking for experts who can share their professional knowledge and skills with newcomers to live a healthy lifestyle through workshops and presentations. For example: law, medical, therapy, dental and nutrition workshop.
Please contact Community Connections Coordinator Yenny Yao at 778-470-6101 or at email@example.com if you are interested in any volunteer position listed above.
Thank you very much for your support!
TRANSLATION AND INTERPRETATION
Support newcomers while using your communication and language skills! We coordinate an Interpretation and Translation Service, provided through a network of volunteers and professionals. Translation involves working with documents in different languages. These often need to be notarized as well. Interpretation involves verbal skills, helping people with different languages understand each other.
Translators and Interpreters are needed in many different languages on an on-call basis. Share your knowledge of Arabic, Cantonese, Croatian, Danish, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Korean, Japanese, Mandarin, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Ukrainian, Taiwanese, Vietnamese…and more.
SETTLEMENT & INTEGRATION
Support newcomers’ involvement in our community! KIS’ Settlement and Integration program is designed to assist individuals and families in meeting the many new challenges they face when adapting to our culture. Become a youth activity leader, homework tutor or assist in helping newcomers finding employment!
Cultural Bridging Buddy (Mentoring)
Help make people feel good about their life in Canada! Be matched with a newcomer based on things you have in common. Meet with them once a week and support them as they adjust to their new life by being their friend. We are always looking for new buddies.
Kids Summer Fun Program 2017
Volunteers needed! Six Wednesdays from 1:00 – 4:00 starting July 19th and ending August 23rd. Join the fun with activities such as tie-dye, museum exploration, swimming, baking, science exploration, and the water park! Contact Elizabeth, Community Connections Coordinator for more information.
LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION FOR NEWCOMERS TO CANADA (LINC)
Gain ESL teaching experience as an ESL Class Assistant! LINC classes are offered in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. The curriculum encompasses conversation, life skills in Canada, basic law and health issues, field trips and social gatherings. Beginner and intermediate ESL classes are taught Monday through Thursday, during the day.
ESL Class Assistant
Help assist the teacher with a multicultural, multi level classroom of students. Work one-on-one or with small group – Monday-Thursday.
Gain experience as a tutor while assisting immigrants to improve their English skills and learn more about Canada by establishing a link with a volunteer within the community! Volunteers are placed according to their previous experience and interest in learners who are unable to attend regular ESL classes or who have special learning needs. Assist newcomers with improving their English language skills in an informal environment, working on a one-on-one basis with individuals with diverse language skills levels.
Gain experience working with children! We welcome responsible adults, certified ECE (Early Childhood Education) Assistants and / or individuals with or working towards a full (ECE) certification. You will gain experience working with children under the guidance of an Early Childhood Educator. We are looking for an individual who is committed to support children to achieve their development goals.