1 on 1 Conversation Practice Partner

(Immigrant Services Guelph-Wellington)

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Position ID: V-GUE1574 Last Modified: 19 Apr 2022 Last Full Update: 02 Mar 2022
Opportunity Details
Impact StatementHelp a newcomer practice English
ContactSemhar Fsehatsion, Employment and Volunteer Coordinator (EVC), Immigrant Services Guelph-Wellington; Phone: 519-836-2222 ext 257; Email: sfsehatsion@is-gw.ca
Duties• Encourage the conversation partner to speak and practice English through informal conversation 
• Initiate conversations based on appropriate topics  
• Demonstrate active listening during meetings with conversation partner 
• Explain unfamiliar concepts and words when needed 
• Maintain a warm and welcoming environment where the conversation partner is treated with dignity and respect 
• Regularly and consistently track meetings, including date, time, duration, meeting platform and content of meeting using the hours tracking software 
• Plan meetings and gather resources to support the conversation partner’s language needs 
• Communicate any concerns or challenges to the program coordinator
Sustainable Development GoalsQuality Education ; Reduced Inequality ; Sustainable Cities and Communities
More Info Linkhttps://www.is-gw.ca/volunteer
Benefits• Use your skills and experience to help those who are new to Canada 
• Gain experience in adult education and immigrant settlement services 
• Gain experience in intercultural communication 
• Volunteer with a lively organization committed to diversity 
• Meet people from all over the world 
Develop empathy and an opportunity to share your knowledge and skills with a receptive partner; help your community become a more inclusive place; expand your knowledge of various cultures and backgrounds; be appreciated for your contribution to a progressive organization and a unique program; be provided with meaningful and appreciative references.
ClientsNewcomers and immigrants in Guelph-Wellington.
Ages18 year(s) and up
Suitable ForAdults (18+) ; Seniors (55+) ; Post-secondary students
Areas of InterestFriend / Penpal ; Newcomer Assistance
Skills/ExperienceCommunication & Interpersonal Skills ; Confidentiality ; Experience mentoring others; patience and empathetic; good communication skills; self-directed; work cooperatively with your partner to determine your partner’s needs. 
ESL or adult teaching experience would be an asset.
Commitment LengthShort Term (Up to 4 months) - 1-2 hours per week for 8-10 weeks (1 Client) ; This is a program that runs all year around. The commitment will be up to 8-10 weeks to complete the process with 1 client. The program will begin at the convenience of the Volunteer and the client.
Interaction LevelOne-on-one ; Volunteers will support newcomers to Canada with different levels of English proficiency through 1-on-1 conversation practice.
Minimum Hours2 / Week
Dates and TimesTiming is flexible and is arranged on a mutually convenient basis, according to the volunteer and participant's convenience.
SeasonsYear Round
AccessibilityAll meetings take place on-line, over zoom, or by phone.
Number of PositionsGuelph: 15 individual(s) 
15 individual(s) needed in total.
TrainingOrientation ; Volunteers must complete an application form and meet with the (Employment and Volunteer Coordinator) EVC for an interview and orientation prior to being matched.
TransportationAll meetings take place online or by phone.
Police CheckRequired
Social MediaFacebook Facebook: www.facebook.com/ImmigrantServices
Twitter Twitter: twitter.com/ISGWnews
YouTube YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/ImmigrantServicesGW
Start DateOn or after 19 Apr 2022
End Date16 Dec 2022
Display Until16 Dec 2022
Agency Details
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Organization NameImmigrant Services Guelph-Wellington
Office Phone519-836-2222
Address & Map
104 Dawson Rd, Unit 102
Guelph, ON N1H 1A6
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