Host Family

(Immigrant Services Guelph-Wellington)

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Position ID: V-GUE2888 Last Modified: 18 Sep 2018 Last Full Update: 18 Sep 2018
Opportunity Details
Impact StatementCreate social opportunities for newcomer families
ContactSreeja Venugopal, Volunteer Mobilizer, Immigrant Services Guelph Wellington; Phone: (519) 836-2222 ext 260; Email:
Duties• Determine the kind of support to be offered to the client family based on their needs.  
• Provide ongoing support through friendship, guidance and advice. For example, accompany the family to appointments, outings, cooking, shopping etc.  
• Plan a fun activity together. For example, hiking, ice-skating, or the likes.  
• Work with the partner family to set goals with them.  
• Communicate with the Family Program Coordinator to monitor progress, provide information and make referrals if needed.  
• Link families to the required resources such as schools, doctors, etc. and being mindful of the unique needs of each family.  
• Support the partner family with informal language training 
• Provide the meeting report to the Program Coordinator after each meeting.
Benefits• Have the opportunity to meet new families in your community  
• Gain experience in adult education and in teaching immigrants useful English  
• Ability to showcase your capacity to work with an intercultural group of people 
• Expand your knowledge of various cultures and backgrounds 
• Be appreciated for all of your hard work and patience  
• Build friendships  
• Build your network and possibility to gain future reference if needed
ClientsNewcomers and immigrants in Guelph-Wellington.
Ages21 year(s) and up
Suitable ForAdults (18+) ; Seniors (55+) ; Couples ; Families
Areas of InterestGroup / Family Volunteering ; Newcomer Assistance
Skills/ExperienceCommunication & Interpersonal Skills ; Confidentiality ; Counseling & Support ; Mentoring & Training ; Self-Motivated / Work Independently ; Team Work ; • Clear, confident and fluent oral communication in English 
• Sensitivity to and understanding of the immigrant experience and challenges facing newcomers 
• Demonstrated ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds  
• Warm and friendly demeanor and positive attitude 
• Interest in building a relationship with a newcomer immigrant family 
• Patient and punctual 
• Self-directed and enthusiastic 
• Excellent listening and communication skills  
• Knowledge of any other language other than English would be an asset 
• Comfort with handling children
Commitment LengthShort Term (Up to 4 months) ; Short Term (Up to 4 months) - 2 hours per week for 12 weeks ; 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 family. The program will be starting at the convenience of the Host and the Client families.
Interaction LevelSmall Group ; The two families will be the small group involved in the program, for various activities.
Minimum Hours2 / Week
Dates and TimesTiming is flexible and is arranged on a mutually convenient basis, according to the schedules of the host and the partner families.
SeasonsYear Round
AccessibilityUnknown ; Dependent on the location. Usually, the families will meet at a public place, based on the activities that they will be participating in.
Number of PositionsGuelph 
6 individual(s) needed in total.
TrainingOrientation ; General Orientation session and agency tour. Volunteers must complete an application form and meet with the Volunteer Mobilizer for an interview and training prior to being matched.
TransportationLocations vary depending on where the families would like to meet.
Application Deadline30 Aug 2019
Police CheckRequired
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Start DateOn or after 24 Sep 2018
End Date30 Aug 2019
Display Until30 Aug 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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