1 on 1 Conversation Practice Partner

(Immigrant Services Guelph-Wellington)

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Position ID: V-GUE1574 Last Modified: 18 Sep 2018 Last Full Update: 18 Sep 2018
Opportunity Details
ContactSreeja Venugopal, Volunteer Mobilizer, Immigrant Services Guelph-Wellington; Phone: 519-836-2222 ext 260; Email: svenugopal@is-gw.ca
Duties* 1 on 1 Conversation Practice partners help newcomers and new immigrants integrate into the community at large through conversation practice and community participation.  
* Volunteers will meet their Conversation Practice Partner in the community at agreed times and locations and provide opportunities for community engagement and conversation practice.  
* Activities should be reflective of the needs of the newcomer but can include: discussing and touring major points of interest in the city, participating in community life and events (shopping at market, skating, meet for coffee), talking about daily living (transportation, daycare, accessing community services), meeting at a local library branch to discuss interesting current events, look at newspaper articles together and use library resources.  
* In addition, 1-on-1 Conversation Practice requires volunteers to fill out a short tracking sheet for submission after each meeting.
BenefitsDevelop empathy; an opportunity to share your knowledge and skills with a receptive partner; helping 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) - 2 hours per week for 12 weeks (1 Client) ; This is a program that runs all year around. The commitment will be up to 12 weeks min. to complete the process with 1 client. The program will be starting at the convenience of the Volunteer and the client schedule.
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
AccessibilityUnknown - Dependent on community location. ; Usually, the volunteer will meet the client at a public place, located on their convenient place. We recommend Public Libraries, Community Centre.
Number of PositionsGuelph: 15 individual(s) 
15 individual(s) needed in total.
TrainingOrientation - Orientation session and agency tour. ; Training is provided ; Volunteers must complete an application form and meet with the Volunteer Mobilizer for interview and training prior to being matched.
TransportationLocations vary depending on where the volunteer and the participant would like to meet.
Police CheckRequired
Social MediaFacebook Facebook: www.facebook.com/ImmigrantServices
Twitter Twitter: twitter.com/ISGWnews
YouTube YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/ImmigrantServicesGW
End Date31 Jul 2019
Display Until31 Jul 2019
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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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