Volunteers are important to the success and growth of our clients and organization. KIS is seeking dedicated volunteers who are passionate about sharing their talents, skills and knowledge with newcomers and their families.

Become A Volunteer

Volunteers are consistently needed for our Community Connections programs, workshops and community events.

Volunteer positions & opportunities

Description: Help our experienced childminders care for newcomer children, to allow their parents to attend our classes and events.


Duties: – Assist with the preparation of snacks, arts/crafts, indoor & outdoor activities.
– Assist children with arts/crafts, mealtimes, games & activities.
– Respect & follow the guidance of the Childmind Coordinator, childminding
guidance policies and the confidentiality agreement.
– Regular scheduled attendance.


Prerequisites: 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.

Description: Support newcomers the general public 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. Volunteers are needed to translate (written) and interpret (oral) for clients and for other organizations (i.e. hospital, court, R.C.M.P.).


Duties: – To interpret and translate accurately
– To respect and abide by strict rules of confidentiality
– To remain impartial and have the capacity to be passively receptive.
– To attend all relevant training sessions


Prerequisites: This person must be bilingual and bicultural and must have a good understanding of the Canadian system. Volunteers must undergo orientation.

Description: Provide extra support for newcomers as they work towards their goal of English language acquisition. 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 attend LINC classes and are looking for additional support in learning English, or perhaps may have a special project in mind, i.e. obtaining their driver’s license etc. or they may have special learning needs. Assist newcomers with improving their English language skills in an informal environment, working a few hours per week on a one-on-one basis with individuals with diverse language skill levels, meeting either in-person or online according to scheduling or preferences.


Duties: – Provide one-on-one support and English language instruction.


Prerequisites: Experience teaching, TESL certificate, excellent English language skills, patience, and non-judgemental attitude.

Description: Encourage a group of newcomers who speak Chinese and want to practice speaking English in the weekly bilingual group. Topic lessons will be provided by bilingual volunteers each week.


Duties: – Ensure all participants get a chance to practice speaking
– Ensure prepare lessons with topics
– Explain difficult vocabulary, expressions, and grammar
– Promote an inclusive, respectful environment.


Prerequisites: Previous teaching experience is preferred. Excellent English language skills, personable, non-judgemental.

Description: The mentorship Program matches newcomers with mentors based on shared interests and meets once per week for three months. This fun, friendship-based program is enriching for both participants and volunteers. You are welcome to share skills, hobbies, knowledge, languages and time with newcomers, helping them gain life skills and adjust to life in Kamloops by teaching them about Canadian culture and lifestyle, skills, community resources, and how to connect with local people and improve their English and achieve their goals.


Duties:

– Take the initiative in contacting your match
– Prepare for the meeting, keep meeting track and provide feedback
– Meet weekly at a place/time that is mutually agreeable
– Respect and abide by strict rules of confidentiality.


Prerequisites: The mentor must be able to offer the skills and match the mentee’s learning needs, and the mentor needs to be very familiar with Kamloops and Canadian culture. Mentors must also be open to learning about new cultures, patient, understanding, and non-judgmental.

Description: Help newcomers to Canada settle into our community by sharing your skills with them! Whether you are a yoga instructor who wants to give back, a history buff who can help teach Citizenship or have a passion for teaching yoga or gardening, you are welcome to pitch us your programming ideas! We always seek 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 workshops.


Duties: – Meet with Community Connections Coordinator to discuss your programming idea
– Share your expertise on a particular topic. This can be a weekly recurring program, or a one-time workshop or activity.


Prerequisites: Must be qualified to teach or instruct on the topic at hand – requirements for this will vary. Must have the ability to teach in a respectful, non-judgemental manner. Experience working with diverse groups is an asset.

Description: Our ongoing programs need volunteers to assist with the activities or events, such as the monthly potluck on the last Thursday of the month from 11:30-13:00 and the monthly art workshop on a Friday from 11:30-13:00 or 14:30-16:00.


Duties: Volunteers are needed to provide support for a variety of events and activities. Come early and help us set up the room, then welcome the participants as they arrive. Join in the event and then help us clean up when it’s done!

Prerequisites: All you need is to be a good team player! This is a great volunteer opportunity for those who are still learning English.

Description: Coach volunteers guide newcomers to learn different sport skill and provide a fun experience in a safe environment. Examples: soccer, badminton, pickle ball, basketball, hockey, Yoga, bowling etc. We run Family Sports Night, Kids Summer Sports Camp, Hike, ice Skating, skiing, snowshoeing, and tobogganing, throughout the year.
Duties:

– Plan, implement and evaluate developmentally appropriate activities with supporting weekly lesson plans that are creative, flexible and adaptable. Provide a safe, positive and well-managed learning environment.
– Ensure appropriate setup, take down and maintenance of program space
– Communicate with others and volunteers.
– Provide evaluation and feedback to the supervisor regarding program content.


Prerequisites: Previous coaching experience is preferred. Excellent English language skills, personable, non-judgemental.

Description: Sports assistant volunteers assist with coaches or program coordinators, guide newcomers to learn different sports skills, enjoy outdoor adventure and provide a fun experience in a safe environment. Examples: soccer, badminton, pickle ball, basketball, hockey, Yoga, bowling, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, etc. We run Family Sports Night, Kids Summer Sports Camp, Hike, ice Skating, skiing, snowshoeing, and tobogganing, throughout the year.


Duties:

– Assist activities with a safe, positive and well-managed learning environment.
– Ensure appropriate setup, take down and maintenance of program space
– Communicate with coaches or program coordinators.
– Provide feedback to the supervisor.


Prerequisites: Previous coaching experience is preferred. Excellent English language skills, personable, non-judgemental.

Description: We run the Beginner French sessional program for six sessions once or twice a year. Volunteer guides a group of newcomers interested in learning basic French and simple conversations; the class will be on Zoom.


Duties: – Volunteer make a lesson plan
– Ensure all participants get a chance to participate.

Prerequisites: Previous teaching experience is preferred. Excellent English and French language skills, personable, non-judgemental.

Description: We run Kids Summer Camp every Summer, and look for volunteers to assist and support the kids camp. Ensure kids have a great and fun learning experience through different activities and trips.


Duties:

– Setup and take down
– Ensure all participants safety

Prerequisites: Love working with children and non-judgemental.

Description: We run many programs and activities throughout the year. We look for Photographer Volunteers to help us capture the moments we can share with newcomer clients and promote on our social media.


Duties:

– Take and photos
– Send photos back to the program coordinator.

Prerequisites: Prefer volunteer has a great sense of Photographing skills and knowledge.

Description: We run a multicultural cooking class- the Garden to the Kitchen Program once a month in the evening; we invite newcomers to share their home recipes and teach other newcomers and Canadians how to cook. At the end of class, everyone gets to enjoy the delicious food. We welcome anyone passionate about sharing home recipes with others to be a volunteer.


Duties:

– Volunteer prepares the recipes and sends it to the program coordinator
– Assist the program coordinator in getting ingredients ready
– Engage everyone to learn about the recipe during the class.


Prerequisites: Good communication skills, personable, non-judgemental.

Benefits of Volunteering:

  • Make new friends
  • Make cross-cultural connections
  • Help newcomers and their families feel welcome and engaged
  • Share your interests, skills and gifts
  • Have fun!

How to join:

  • Read the Volunteer Guide located under the "Resources" menu below.
  • Press the "Apply Here" button below to complete the volunteer interview form.
  • Have an online interview with the Community Connections Coordinator.
  • Complete the Online Volunteer/Mentor Application Form, which will be emailed after interview.
  • Complete the criminal record check (free as a volunteer).
  • Start volunteering when signed up for a volunteer position.

  • If you have any questions, please contact our Community Connections Coordinator, Yenny Yao, at [email protected] - 778-470-6101 Ext. 116

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