Online English Conversation Circle Facilitator

(Immigrant Services Guelph-Wellington)

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Position ID: V-GUE2630 Last Modified: 19 Apr 2022 Last Full Update: 19 Apr 2022
Opportunity Details
Impact StatementHelp your new and old neighbours practise English
ContactSemhar Fsehatsion, Employment and Volunteer Coordinator, Immigrant Services Guelph-Wellington; Phone: (519) 836-2222 ext 257; Email:
Duties• Welcome the group and facilitate the session  
• Initiate conversations based on a pre-determined topic with a small group of newcomers 
• Engage and encourage all participants to speak English 
• Explain unfamiliar concepts and words when needed 
• Collaborate with other Conversation Circle Leads to determine topics 
• Record the time spent volunteering and preparing for the session  
• Maintain a warm and welcoming environment where each participant is treated with dignity and respect
Sustainable Development GoalsGood Health and Well-Being ; Quality Education ; Reduced Inequality ; Partnerships to achieve the Goal
Benefits• Have the opportunity to meet people in your community  
• Gain experience in adult education and in teaching newcomers useful English conversation skills 
• Show your capacity to work with an intercultural group of people 
• Expand your knowledge of various cultures and backgrounds 
• Volunteer Recognition
ClientsNewcomers; Seniors
Ages18 year(s) and up
Suitable ForAdults (18+) ; Seniors (55+) ; Post-secondary students ; Persons with limited mobility
Areas of InterestCommunity Outreach ; Education Support (Tutoring / Instruction) ; Newcomer Assistance ; Translation / Languages / Interpretation
Skills/ExperienceCommunication & Interpersonal Skills ; Confidentiality ; Creativity ; Leadership ; Mentoring & Training ; Public Speaking ; Self-Motivated / Work Independently ; Team Work ; Translation & Languages ; • Strong command of the English language (Minimum CLB level of 7 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking)  
• A TESL/TESOL certificate would be considered an asset. 
• Experience in mentoring or teaching adults or seniors in a learning environment 
• Familiarity with using Zoom and the internet 
• Sensitivity to and/or understanding of the immigrant experience and challenges facing newcomers 
• Commitment to equity and anti-oppressive practices  
• Demonstrated ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds  
• Warm and friendly demeanor and positive attitude 
• Maturity and an active listener 
• Patient and punctual 
• Self-initiative and enthusiasm  
• Teaching experience and additional languages an asset 
• Application form, interview and 2 references required
Commitment LengthShort Term (Up to 4 months) ; Medium Term (4 months to 1 year) ; Long Term (More than 1 year) ; • Online Programs will run weekly 
• 1 hour session weekly
Interaction LevelSmall Group
Minimum Hours1 / Week
Dates and TimesTuesday: Morning 
Wednesday: Morning, Afternoon 
Thursday: Morning 
Friday: Morning, Afternoon
SeasonsYear Round ; We will be running different programs during the year. We are welcoming all interested volunteers to apply all year around.
AccessibilityNot Applicable ; Online tools
LocationOnline via Zoom
Number of PositionsGuelph: 6 individual(s) 
6 individual(s) needed in total.
TrainingOrientation ; Volunteers receive a small orientation with the Volunteer Mobilizer and Community Connections Specialist
TransportationNot Applicable
Police CheckRequired
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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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