Volunteer Opportunities

The Association offers its volunteers a variety of opportunities to support the settlement, integration, and inclusion of immigrants into their new community:

Newcomer Match Program:

The Newcomer Match Program pairs volunteers with immigrants to Canada to help them adjust to life in Newfoundland and Labrador. Each immigrant will have unique goals they would like to accomplish with a volunteer. Based on these goals, volunteers may assist with:

  • Practicing conversational English
  • Practicing reading and writing
  • Visiting organizations or groups that are of interest to the participant
  • Visiting local attractions together

Time commitment: minimum 2 hours per week for 6 months

Academic Tutor Program:

The Academic Tutor Program pairs volunteers with English as a Second Language (ESL) students in Kindergarten to Grade 12 to help them with their school work. Tutoring activities may include:

  • Assisting with learning English
  • Providing homework support
  • Helping with exam preparation

Time commitment: N/A – sign-up when available

ESL Volunteer Tutor Program:

The English as a Second Language (ESL) Volunteer Tutor Program matches volunteers with an immigrant adult, child, or youth to assist with basic ESL instruction. Younger students may also require assistance with homework and/or school assignments.

Time commitment: minimum 2 hours per week for 6 months

After-School Homework Club:

Through a partnership with the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District, the ANC delivers its After-School Homework Club in a number of elementary and junior high schools in the St. John’s Census Metropolitan Area (CMA). These clubs provide a structured environment for immigrant students who are studying English as a Second Language or who require assistance completing homework. The program includes English language lessons, creative writing exercises, group projects, guest speakers/presentations, and extracurricular activities. Volunteers assist by:

  • Helping participants with homework, assignments, and projects
  • Participating in group activities
  • Assisting with event set-up and clean-up

Time commitment: minimum 1.5 hours per week for 6 months

ESL Conversation Circle Program:

The English as a Second Language (ESL) Conversation Circle Program is delivered at the ANC’s ESL Training Centre on Mondays from 1-2 PM. The program provides adult ESL learners with the opportunity to converse with native English speakers on a variety of topics in a friendly, relaxed environment. Volunteers contribute by:

  • Facilitating a conversation with 1-3 students
  • Asking questions and sharing information
  • Assisting students with vocabulary and pronunciation

Time commitment: N/A – sign-up when available

Women’s/Men’s/Youth/Young Adult/Seniors’/Stay-at-Home Mothers’ Groups:

These groups meet monthly and are open to all eligible immigrants who wish to participate. These groups provide participants with the opportunity to improve their English language skills while participating in a variety of educational, recreational, and social activities with their peers. Volunteers assist by:

  • Participating in group activities
  • Engaging participants in conversation
  • Helping with event set-up and clean-up
  • Assisting with child-minding

Time commitment: N/A – sign-up when available (typically 2-3 hours per month)

Special Events/Activities:

Throughout the year, the ANC requires volunteer assistance for special events and activities. Events and activities include:

  • Multicultural Family Sports Day
  • Holiday Events
  • Annual Health Fair
  • Volunteer Recruitment Events
  • Various Special Occasions/Days of Recognition (e.g., Canada Day, World Refugee Day, etc.)

Time commitment: N/A – sign-up when available (typically 2-3 hours per event)