1 on 1 Conversation Practice Partner
(Immigrant Services Guelph-Wellington)
|Contact||Sreeja Venugopal, Volunteer Mobilizer, Immigrant Services Guelph-Wellington; Phone: 519-836-2222 ext 230; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|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.
|Benefits||Develop 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.|
|Clients||Newcomers and immigrants in Guelph-Wellington.|
|Ages||18 year(s) and up|
|Suitable For||Adults (18+) ; Seniors (55+) ; Post-secondary students|
|Areas of Interest||Friend / Penpal ; Newcomer Assistance|
|Skills/Experience||Communication & 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 Length||Short 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 Level||One-on-one ; Volunteers will support newcomers to Canada with different levels of English proficiency through 1-on-1 conversation practice.|
|Minimum Hours||2 / Week|
|Dates and Times||Timing is flexible and is arranged on a mutually convenient basis, according to the volunteer and participant's convenience.|
|Accessibility||Unknown - 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 Positions||Guelph: 15 individual(s) |
15 individual(s) needed in total.
|Training||Orientation - 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.|
|Transportation||Locations vary depending on where the volunteer and the participant would like to meet.|
|Social Media|| Facebook: www.facebook.com/ImmigrantServices|
|End Date||31 Jul 2019|
|Display Until||31 Jul 2019|
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|Organization Name||Immigrant Services Guelph-Wellington|
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