Volunteer

Why volunteer with us?

Are you looking to make an impact on the community? Join our team of over 1,400 individuals who support Immigrant Services Calgary and the community. Volunteering is also a great way to get the Canadian experience needed for finding employment, and we make sure to update our volunteers on network connections or opportunities that may be of interest to them.

Who is eligible?

If you are a permanent resident, convention refugee, or citizen of Canada, you can join our volunteer team.

What volunteers are we looking for? 

Some positions we look for are interpreters, translators, community outreach aides, tutors, seniors volunteers, employment coaches, and youth mentors. Positions open and close on a bi-weekly basis, so be sure to check back here for frequent updates.

Currently we are seeking individuals for the following volunteer positions:

Interpreter

Provides verbal interpretation for clients and institutions in various settings such as medical, legal, social, educational, and others.

Requirements:
Fluency in written English (CLB 7 or above) Fluency in reading and writing in one or more of the following languages: Amharic, Tigrinya, Vietnamese, Ukrainian, Polish, French (native), Turkish and Somali.

For more information about the role, please click here.

Translator

Provide translation of documents that accurately reflects the meaning of the source text.
Requirements:

  • Fluency in written English (CLB 7 or above)
  • Fluency in reading and writing in one or more of the following languages: Amharic, Tigrinya, Vietnamese, Ukrainian, Polish, French (native), Turkish and Somali.

For more information about the role, please click here.

Children's Program Volunteer

Assists ISC staff in facilitating children’s activities such as reading circles, crafts, playing, singing, dancing, and others. This role may also include helping with setting-up and cleaning-up, preparing healthy snacks, childminding, assisting with workshops and other tasks.
For more information about the role, please click here.

Youth Mentee

Participate in community causes, projects, and initiatives through volunteering in the community. Interested candidates please go to here to learn more.
Requirements:

  • Permanent Resident/ Convention Refugee status
  • Age 12 to 20
Employment Coach

Employment coach volunteers support newcomer job seekers in achieving their career and employment goals. Employment coaches assist clients in creating and/or editing résumés and cover letters. They help enhance clients’ interview skills through conducting mock interviews with them. They provide guidance and support to increase clients’ employment prospects.

For more information about the role, please click here (PDF).

Income Tax volunteer

Income Tax volunteers help low income immigrants and refugees file their income tax and benefit returns during income tax season. Saturday Tax Clinics are held for clients between February and April. Total volunteering time ranges of 3 – 24 hours depending on the availability of the volunteer and the number of clinics attended.

For more information about the role, please click here (PDF).

Seniors’ program volunteer

Provides assistance to immigrant seniors while they are adapting to their new life in Canada. The tasks may include interpretation and support services, workshop assistance, community outreach, and others.
For more information about the role, please click here.

Volunteer Application Form

Languages

Due to the large number of applicants currently, only successful candidates will be contacted.

I would like to share with you that I got a new work now as HR Administrator and I would like to thank you for the opportunity to volunteer as a workshop facilitator. I really believe that the opportunity helped me to get back to my career; it helped me to restore my confidence and my soft skills. I also believe that it gave me that Canadian professional experience that's been challenging me to get back to my career.